University of Newcastle welcomes new Regional Australia Institute
The contribution of regional universities will be a key element in the work of the new Regional Australia Institute recently launched by the Australian Government.
The Regional Australia Institute is tasked with providing advice on policies to benefit regional communities as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to rebuild economic, social and cultural opportunities for Australians living outside capital cities.
As the leader of one of the country’s most successful regional universities, University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, applauded the establishment of the Regional Australia Institute.
“Regional universities, such as Newcastle, play a critical role in the economic, environmental and social prosperity of regional Australia.
“The University of Newcastle’s aspirations for our region align well with those of the Regional Australia Institute - to maximise opportunities for growth and development.
“The University of Newcastle is the region’s second largest employer. It is a $600 million enterprise with national and global reach.
Research performance delivers to the region and is recognised across the world, particularly in health and engineering.
“The contribution we can make to shaping future policy will be critical to ensure sustainable outcomes.”
Professor McMillen said partnerships were crucial for regional development.
“We are a great example of a regional university that is a global innovator and, at the same time, making a significant contribution to education and training in regions from the Hawkesbury River to the Queensland border and inland beyond the Great Dividing Range.
“We achieve educational reach through partnerships with the University of New England, and TAFE NSW Hunter and North Coast Institutes.
“The University is committed to our regions, which contribute enormously to the nation’s success. Good teaching, relevant research and innovation that arises from working with regional industries makes regional universities a cornerstone of that contribution.
“I look forward to working with this important think tank to ensure our regions are empowered through future national regional policy.”
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