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Scholarships for international students at CSU in Port Macquarie

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017

International students enrolled in courses at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will be presented with scholarships on Wednesday 20 September.

CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann, will present seven students from as far as Denmark, India, Nepal and Zimbabwe with scholarships each worth $10 000 to assist them with their tuition fees while they study at CSU in Port Macquarie.

The students are currently enrolled in masters and undergraduate courses in accounting and information technology.

"These scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated experience in community involvement and a strong desire to join the exciting and supportive Port Macquarie community," said Ms Delphine Swat, Associate Director, Marketing and Student Recruitment (International and VET).

"They are also a testament of the University's commitment to growing a diverse student body on Charles Sturt University's newest campus."

The presentation will be held at 12noon on Wednesday 20 September in room 1026 at CSU, Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media for interviews with CSU staff at the event.

Supporting educational aspirations of people with disability

Friday 8 Sep 2017

People living with disability are looking to higher education as a path to engaging with meaningful activity in their community, particularly in regional areas. But can our regional universities support these aspirations?

Researchers from five universities including Charles Sturt University (CSU) are currently investigating the experiences of people with disability who aspire to complete a university course in regional Australia.

The research team is now calling for people with disability in regional areas from Wangaratta in Victoria to Port Macquarie in NSW to share their experiences of higher education, particularly those:

  • currently at high school in Years 10 and 11 and who are interested to go to university; and,
  • mature aged people who  haven't been to university but are interested in study.

Clare Wilding"We want to interview volunteers from regional communities to understand their perceptions of higher education. We are investigating the barriers for people with disability in undertaking a university course," said CSU researcher Dr Clare Wilding.

"The uptake of higher education by people with disability is lower in regional areas than for their city counterparts," Dr Wilding said.

"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people with disability are more likely to have lower levels of educational attainment. Furthermore, data from the bureau showed that there are more people aged 15 to 64 years living with disability in regional areas – around 18 per cent - than those living in major cities, which is 13 per cent. So we should see a higher proportion of students with disability from regional areas attending university."

"However, only two per cent of people with disability living in Australia's regional or remote areas are currently studying in higher education, compared with four per cent in a major city.

"We want to find out why this pattern is happening, and how universities, governments and the community can address the problem," she said.

As part of the project, the researchers have already surveyed and interviewed students with disability who are currently enrolled in regional universities.

"Through this research, we hope to improve access and participation in higher education by regional people with disability, particularly those from a low socio-economic background," Dr Wilding said.

The upcoming round of interviews will be conducted using media to suit the volunteer participants: by telephone, instant messaging, Skype, email or face-to-face. People wishing to participate should contact Ms Kate Freire on (02) 6051 9355 or email kfreire@csu.edu.au.

The researchers aim to complete and analyse the interviews before the end of 2017, and report final recommendations to the Federal Department of Education by the middle of 2018.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Interviews with project researcher Dr Clare Wilding are available through CSU Media.

The research project, titled "Understanding how regionality and socioeconomic status intersect with disability", is funded by the Federal Department of Education.

The project has been approved by the CSU Human Ethics Committee, project number H17124.

Other partners in the project are Federation University in Victoria, and University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University and James Cook University in Queensland.

Award success for CSU in Port Macquarie

Thursday 3 Aug 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie has gained significant recognition in NSW Mid North Coast after winning three awards last weekend at the region's business awards.

The campus won Business Excellence Awards as 'Employer of Choice' and for 'Excellence in Sustainability', while also achieving a Local Industry Award in the 'Community and Education Services' section.

"Charles Sturt University is proud to have won these awards as a recent newcomer to the region," said acting Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Mr Greg Linsdell

"We have drawn on our long, proud history of providing quality higher education in regional NSW and brought the best elements of this to Port Macquarie.

"The awards recognise these qualities of sound employment prospects, sustainability and outstanding service to our local communities, which we will continue to develop for the 'public good' of Port Macquarie and the wider North Coast region.

"Indeed, these awards reflect the essence of our institution encapsulated in 'Yindyamarra Winhanganha', a Wiradjuri phrase meaning, 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
For interviews with Mr Linsdell, contact CSU Media.

Student accommodation rising in Port Macquarie

Sunday 28 May 2017

Student accommodation at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will reach greater heights next week as new buildings are delivered to the site and rapidly take shape.

Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh will be on hand to see the first 'modules' that comprise the bulk of the new buildings placed by a large crane on the accommodation site in Kingfisher Road, next to the campus.

The modules will be placed and installed from Monday 29 May until Thursday 1 June.

"This development is important for both Port Macquarie and the University as it demonstrates our commitment to the Mid North Coast region to provide quality higher education for the region," Professor Cavanagh said.

"The provision of accommodation allows students from outside the local area as well as international students to participate in the vibrancy and educational stimulation of on-campus life.

"The University is excited to offer secure accommodation for students enrolled in various degrees at the University in Port Macquarie including science, allied health, paramedicine, tourism, business, accounting, information technology, and social welfare."

Stage one of the building project comprises three accommodation buildings accommodating 112 students, with individual bedrooms which include a bed, desk, chair and ensuite bathroom for each student.

Communal lounge rooms, laundries and kitchens are also available within each building, with access to student recreational areas in the adjacent Student Hub building which will also enhance the student experience.

A total of 250 beds are scheduled to be available in February 2018.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Professor Heather Cavanagh will be available for interviews about the new accommodation buildings on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May.

Professor Cavanagh will be available onsite for pictures and interviews with the media at 10.30am on Wednesday 31 May, Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie. Please meet at this time in the Level 2 courtyard at CSU in Port Macquarie to be escorted to the building site.

CSU student for New York Marathon

Thursday 25 May 2017

Zane Sparke & Charlie MaherCharles Sturt University (CSU) Indigenous student Mr Zane Sparke [pictured right] is looking to fill some big footsteps after his selection for the 2017 Indigenous Marathon Projectsquad to run in the New York Marathon in November this year.

Zane, a first-year student in the outdoor recreation degree at CSU in Port Macquarie, and is one of only 12 Indigenous runners selected across Australia to be in the 2017 squad.

Squad members were selected on their running ability and their determination to help change their own lives and those of their families and communities.  

To celebrate Zane's selection, and in conjunction with National Reconciliation Week, the inspirational documentary film Running to America will be screened at 6.30pm on Monday 29 May.

The film features Mr Charlie Maher [pictured left], the first Indigenous Australian to complete the New York Marathon as a part of the Indigenous Marathon Project in 2010.

Mr Maher lives in Port Macquarie and will be on-hand to talk about the project and his experiences after the film is shown.

Admission is by gold coin donation, with collected funds going towards the local running and walking group. The film will be screened in building 801 at CSU in Port Macquarie, Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Indigenous student liaison officer Ms Nina Cass, contact CSU Media.

Computing degree to fill local needs

Monday 15 May 2017

A Master's degree in information technology to be offered this year by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie aims to fill the needs of local and international students, and businesses.

Coordinator of the Master of Information Technology at CSU in Port Macquarie Dr Sabih Rehman said the course would be offered for the first time on-campus to local students and international students coming to Port Macquarie to study and live.

"The program enables students to better understand modern concepts of information technology so they can contribute to the development of IT solutions for the region," said Dr Rehman, who is moving from CSU in Wagga Wagga to teach and coordinate the course at CSU in Port Macquarie.

"The Mid North Coast is one of Australia's most diverse regional economies, boasting a range of industries including retail, construction, transport, tourism, information media, and telecommunication. 

"The course will fulfil the needs of local industry and their employees who are particularly looking to develop specialised information technology skills.

"In addition, students from various parts of the world will also call Port Macquarie home while they complete the two-year course."

Port Macquarie local Mr Rowan Smith started a Bachelor of Information Technology with CSU Online while working in remote Western Australia as an industrial electrician.

Mr Smith originally aimed to improve his understanding of automation technology and has since gained valuable technical skills from the degree, from administration and design to business communication and critical thinking.

"I now want to pursue knowledge and understanding in current thinking in such specialist topics as cloud computing, information security, and the 'internet of things', which I hope to achieve through postgraduate study," Mr Smith said.

"Fortunately for me, Charles Sturt University is offering its Master's degree in Port Macquarie to start in July. I can now improve and apply existing knowledge to reach academic and professional goals with the bonus of living in a place I love."

Enrolments are still open for the Master of Information Technology to be offered at CSU in Port Macquarie from July this year.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
To contact the Master of Information Technology course coordinator Dr Sabih Rehman and CSU student Mr Rowan Smith, contact CSU Media.

Students and buildings grow at CSU in Port Macquarie

Friday 17 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will welcome more than new 400 students next week with a range of academic and social activities to help them settle into university life.

Orientation Week will kick off with an official Commencement Ceremony at 10am on Monday 20 February in Room 2064/5.

The Ceremony will be followed by a colourful Market Day from 11am on Monday 20 February in the central campus courtyard.

Other O Week highlights include academic sessions, library and laboratory tours, along with social events such as Learn to Surf lessons, trivia nights and BBQs. 

O Week student leaders are raising money for the McGrath Foundation in 2017 and will be dressed in pink.

Lectures and tutorials for all new and continuing students starts at CSU from Monday 27 February.

Across the University more than 8 700 students will begin studying at CSU in 2017, 2 800 of those on-campus and nearly 6 000 through CSU online.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with the Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, particularly on Monday 20 February after 11am.

The full O Week program can be viewed here.

Workshop addresses export opportunities for North Coast agribusinesses

Thursday 9 Feb 2017

Agribusiness firms on the NSW North Coast that want to make the most of Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan and Korea can gain more information on opportunities on offer in an education program run by the Charles Sturt University Centre for Customs and Excise Studies.

The program includes a workshop being run next week in Port Macquarie, which concentrates on market opportunities, provides technical training on the regulatory requirements to enter each market, and provides advice on how to best to manage their supply chains, so that producers retain maximum value in their businesses.

Brent JuratowitchThe program will be led by CSU senior lecturer Mr Brent Juratowitch, and will run from 9am to 4 pm on Wednesday 15 February at CSU in Port Macquarie, MacInnes Rd, Port Macquarie. He will be accompanied by presenters from the private sector with relevant experience in claiming FTA market benefits.

Mr Juratowitch said topics covered include market selection, market trends, product classification, tariffs and duties, valuation, regulations, supply chain management, and how to participate in Authorised Economic Operator schemes.

"The workshop is part of a six-week program that also includes online business forums, mentoring and tailored advice," he said.

"Once enrolled, a participant can access an online platform containing FTA fact sheets, business guides and other materials. They can then review this material in their own time and can contact presenters with specific questions relating to their business.

"The one-day program is subsidised by the Australian Government and supported by the Export Council of Australia. The full cost to participants is $100 which includes all the materials, workshop, business advice and mentoring. Participants can enroll online inthe FTA program.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Mr Brent Juratowitch, contact CSU Media.

For further information on the FTA program, call CCES on 02 6272 6300 or email.

Major student accommodation facility for CSU in Port Macquarie

Monday 30 Jan 2017

Student accommodationWith ever-increasing demand for courses in Port Macquarie, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is due to open a residential facility for 250 students for the beginning of Session One in February 2018.

Located next to the Port Macquarie campus, three accommodation buildings will initially provide 112 rooms that include a bedroom with desk and ensuite bathroom for each student, communal lounge rooms and kitchens, and access to student recreational areas in a separate building.

Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, said the University was excited to be able to offer secure accommodation for students enrolled in various degrees at Port Macquarie including science, health, paramedic, business and social welfare.

"The accommodation is an important addition to the services on offer at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, particularly for prospective students from outside the local area," said Professor Cavanagh.

CSU will lease the facility from Sydney-based Chase Property Investments, which is working with commercial builder Intelligent Building Systems International, from Brisbane, to complete the planned facility which is due to total 250 beds by February 2018.

The next academic session for students attending the Port Macquarie campus is due to commence with Orientation Week from Monday 20 February.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with the Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, contact CSU Media.

Architectural images of the planned student accommodation buildings are available from CSU Media, with credit to 'Intelligent Building Systems International'.

Each level of an accommodation building will include a kitchen and a communal lounge room.  Initially there will be two two-storey buildings providing 32 beds in each building, and a three-storey building providing 48 rooms. There will be a separate Student Hub building providing recreation facilities.

CSU will employ full-time staff and senior students to provide pastoral care and leadership for the new student residents.

CSU to be officially opened by Member for Cowper

Friday 11 Nov 2016

Charles Sturt University's (CSU) new campus in Port Macquarie will be officially opened by the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP on Thursday 17 November 2016.

CSU in Port MacquarieMr Hartsyker is the Member for Cowper and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and will be joined by CSU Chancellor Dr Michele Allan at the opening which will take place from 12pm to 2:30pm at CSU in Port Macquarie next Thursday.

The official opening will be followed by more celebrations including a Schools Day for local year 7 high school students on Friday 18 November and a Community Open Day from 10am on Saturday 19 November.

Head of Campus for CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh said, "The official opening of our Major Innes Road campus is the culmination of five years of determined hard work and represents, to date, a $27 million investment by the University and a $20 million investment by the federal government in this region.

"Charles Sturt University already contributes significantly to the economy of the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area and we only expect this to increase over the coming 10 years.

"Having Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie is helping to establish our city as the centre for higher education and research on the Mid-North Coast.

"On Saturday 19 November, we invite all the community to come and explore our campus at Lake Innes. From 10am take the time to enjoy guided tours, food, entertainment and presentations about the courses on offer and the exciting plans for future development of the campus and facilities."

CSU in Port Macquarie currently has more than 550 undergraduate students studying on campus and employs 93 people. With new courses available in 2017 and international students set to join the cohort for the first time, student numbers are expected to increase.

CSU is a leader in regional higher education, offering people across NSW the opportunity to access professional education regardless of background or location. CSU's courses, graduates and research help our communities to thrive and prosper economically, socially and environmentally.

Media Contact: Ms Polly McDougall, 0429 217 026

Media Note:
Media are invited to attend the official opening of CSU in Port Macquarie with the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP from 12noon. Contact CSU Media for more information.

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