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USC to provide advice for political parties


Published on 12 March 2013

12 March 2013

The University of the Sunshine Coast will play an integral role in the launch of the Regional Universities Network (RUN) policy plan on Wednesday 13 March.

USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill will join his counterparts from five other regional universities across Australia in a special video conference that journalists are invited to observe and participate in by asking questions afterwards.

The vice-chancellors will discuss key aspects of the RUN policy plan, “Smarter Regions, Smarter Australia”, which will provide policy advice for political parties ahead of the next Federal election.

Sunshine Coast media are welcome to attend the 15-minute video conference at USC (Level 3, Building J) at 9am on Wednesday 13 March.

In the policy plan, RUN outlines the significant impact that regional universities have on the nation’s prosperity and productivity.

“The teaching and learning, research and community engagement undertaken by regional universities are essential to the national identity, its prosperity and our future as a nation,” the policy says.

“Regional Australia has relatively low levels of educational attainment. By improving opportunities for people to access higher education, RUN universities help unlock the full human potential of regional Australia.”

Other RUN member institutions are Central Queensland University, Southern Cross University, University of Ballarat, University of New England and University of Southern Queensland.

The six RUN universities teach more than 100,000 students, or nine percent of enrolments in Australian public universities.

Terry Walsh

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