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350 new places to boost university entry in Western Australia.



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350 new places to boost university entry in Western Australia

11 September 2007

University students in Western Australia will benefit from 350 new Commonwealth-supported places announced today by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

“The new university places have been allocated to areas of skills need and student demand,” Minister Bishop said.

“The new student places will provide for the training of 75 engineers, 50 nurses, 70 teachers, 80 science professionals, 55 business professionals, 10 social workers, 5 health professionals and 5 places for enabling educational pathways.”

Minister Bishop said that while the majority of the new places have been provided to public universities, 100 places have been allocated to a Western Australian private higher education provider in the national priority areas of teaching and

nursing.

The Australian Government is providing new engineering places as part of the Skills for the Future package and other student places as part of the Our Universities: Backing Australia’s Future package. The majority of these places will commence in 2008.

Western Australia will receive 957 additional places by 2011.

“Nationally the Australian Government has allocated more than 2,300 new Commonwealth supported places to help meet student demand for higher education,” Minister Bishop said.

“The number of eligible students missing out on a place is at historically low levels, with a record 92% of home-state Year 12 eligible applicants receiving an offer this year, up from 90% last year, which was the best result in more than two decades.

“The record funding increase for higher education announced in this year’s Budget will give providers increased capacity and flexibility to respond to student and employer demand. Greater flexibility in the management of places means there is potential for an additional 21,000 places nationally next year.”

A full list of the new places is attached.

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300

Non-media queries 1300 363 079

Allocation of New Places for 2008 (Commencing in 2008 unless otherwise indicated)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

COURSE CAMPUS PLACES

Curtin University of Technology

Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) Bentley 20

Total 20

The University of Notre Dame Australia*

Bachelor of Nursing Fremantle 30

Education Fremantle 70

Total 100

The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Commerce Crawley 45

Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Commerce (combined) Crawley 10

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine Crawley 5

Bachelor of Science Crawley 20

Bachelor of Science (Climate Studies) Crawley 20

Bachelor of Science (Petroleum Geoscience) Crawley 10

Bachelor of Science (Urban and Regional Planning) Crawley 20

Bachelor of Social Work (graduate-entry) Crawley 10

Enabling Course (Albany) Albany 5

Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry Crawley 10

Bachelor of Engineering Crawley 60

Bachelor of Engineering / Bachelor of Commerce Crawley 15

Total 230

STATE TOTAL 350

* The University of Notre Dame Australia places were announced by the Minister on 23 August 2007.