The use of new technologies in education is reflected in the granting of Federal Government Capital Development Pool funding for Charles Sturt University’s Dubbo Campus, for the fourth consecutive year.
The new Dubbo Campus has been recognised by the Federal Government for its innovative use of information and communications technology to expand access and opportunities to regional Australia. This additional $2.5 million for Stage Two of the campus construction, adds to Federal funding to date of $4 million.
With a commitment from the University of a further $1 million, Stage One of the project, the Interactive Learning Centre, will commence early in the New Year.
This first CSU building on the Yarrandale Road site will feature large student work areas with computers, and Internet and interactive video access, staff accommodation, reception, administration and student activity areas.
The most recent funding round will allow development of increased staff accommodation, studios and student project rooms, specialist teaching areas and increased computing and video transmission facilities.
Head of the Dubbo Campus and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Peter Hodgson, said the growth in demand for University courses in Dubbo had vindicated the University’s commitment to this region and its use of new communication technology to support its programs.
"Enrolments in on-campus courses at Dubbo have risen from 11 in 1997 to 258 in 1999 and preferences for 2000 are also well up with a number of first preferences for Dubbo courses coming from students elsewhere in the State," Dr Hodgson said.
"It is already evident that the facilities being provided in Stage One will be fully utilised by the time it is completed late next year."
Student residential accommodation is planned as part of Stage Three of the project.
Member for Dubbo Tony Lawler welcomed the latest funding announcement as a much needed boost for regional Australia.
"This most recent funding will allow the University to utilise the benefits of emerging technology to provide high quality educational services to regional areas."