A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed that will bring together Charles Sturt University (CSU), TAFE NSW – Western Institute, Broken Hill City Council, University of Sydney Broken Hill Department of Rural Health, and Robinson College to work collaboratively to plan and develop opportunities for higher education for the communities of Broken Hill and the Far West Region of NSW.
Broken Hill City Council Mayor Wincen Cuy said the willingness and support of the MoU stakeholders to work together was good news for the people of Broken Hill.
“We hope that it will lead to even greater cooperation and partnerships which will benefit our community and support the needs of people who live here,” Mayor Cuy said.
“We are privileged to have very strong educational infrastructure in Broken Hill and the Far West Region of NSW and look forward to working in partnership with members of the coordinating group to drive the implementation of the MoU and see even more education and training opportunities available here.”
Charles Sturt University Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Ross Chambers welcomed the cooperation of Council, Western Institute, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Robinson College in supporting the MOU.
“Close co-operation between the community and education providers is the key to improving access to university education in regional Australia,” Professor Chambers said.”
Under the MOU the partners will work to improve access to university study, provide high quality support for students and ensure the programs offered meet the needs of the community.
“Careful planning and co-operation strengthens opportunities and outcomes for students as well as the case for investment in education infrastructure,” Professor Chambers said.
“We are already working closely with organisations like TAFE Western in other communities, focused on a wide range of disciplines and industries. I hope we can see similar and ongoing successes in Broken Hill as we work not only with TAFE, but with the other important stakeholders in the community.”
The MoU was signed on Friday 9 March by the five parties at the TAFE NSW – Western Institute in Broken Hill.