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Awards emphasise government commitment to university research



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News Release M.107/84 ί Minister for

Education & Youth Affairs

10 September 1984

AWARDS EMPHASISE GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

The Federal Government would make available 900 new awards for

full-time postgraduate students in Australia's higher education

institutions next year, the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs,

Senator Susan Ryan, announced today.

Most of the awards would be for postgraduate research in universities.

'This emphasises the Government's firm commitment to basic research in

Australia's universities,' Senator Ryan said.

The Minister said that of the 900 awards, 725 Research Awards would be

for postgraduate research students in universities while the 145 Course

Awards would be for Masters coursework students in universities.

A further 30 Advanced Education Institution Awards would go to Masters

degree students in colleges of advanced education.

Senator Ryan said that the statistics of awards for postgraduate study

in universities also reflected the high quality of applicants for these

awards. In 1984 more than 85 per cent of winners of these awards had

previously held Masters or Honours I qualifications.

In this year's Budget the Government allocated about $18.5 million to

postgraduate awards - an increase of $1 million over the 1984

allocation.

Inquiries: Paul Slocum (062) 897172