Parliamentary Secretary Visits Central Coast Campus
Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast today visited the University of Newcastle (UON) Central Coast campus to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, and discuss the University's contribution to the Coast since its campus at Ourimbah was founded in 1989.
Mr MacDonald visited the University to discuss the role of the University in meeting the needs of the Central Coast economy and community. UON Central Coast enrols over 4,200 students and offers 18 complete programs across business, health, arts and sciences disciplines including four programs unique to the Central Coast campus: exercise and sport science; podiatry; oral health; and food science and human nutrition.
"The University's great reputation and high quality programs offer talented people across the Central Coast access to higher education at any stage of their lives", said Mr MacDonald.
"With its infrastructure, partnerships across the region and exciting plans for expansion, the University of Newcastle is strongly positioned to continue its lead role delivering quality tertiary education on the Central Coast. The Auditor General reports into NSW universities reinforce the changing features of this sector. On-line delivery is becoming more popular. Strong established, innovative universities have better prospects for financial sustainability." the Parliamentary Secretary added.
The University has graduated over 13,000 people from its Central Coast campus, and is currently working to expand its presence on the Coast. University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen welcomed the Parliamentary Secretary to the campus at Ourimbah, and thanked him for his support for the University.
"UON Central Coast is absolutely committed to supporting the education and employment aspirations of this region," said the Vice-Chancellor.
"We will work with the community and our partners, particularly Gosford City Council, the Local Health District and local champions including Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP, and Karen McNamara MP to deliver excellence for the Coast," Professor McMillen said.
UON is ranked in the top 3 per cent of universities worldwide, and recently received 5 stars in the Good Universities Guide for transferable skills – the skills employers value in graduates.