Member for Mallee Anne Webster said 29 scholarships would be available to international and domestic students to study in Mallee next year.
Dr Webster said tertiary education providers in Mallee had been provided $874,500 to offer the scholarships through the Coalition Government’s $93.7 million Destination Australia program.
Destination Australia provides scholarships worth $15,000 a year to students who study at a regional university or vocational education provider.
In Mallee there will be:
- 8 scholarships at the Mildura campus of La Trobe University
- 10 scholarships at the Longerenong campus of Skillinvest
- 7 scholarships at the Mildura campus of SuniTAFE
- 3 scholarships at the Swan Hill campus of SuniTAFE
- 1 scholarship at the Wimmera campus of Federation University
“Our region has a great story to tell and we can be an attractive destination for international and domestic students,” Dr Webster said.
“That’s why I have worked with local providers and the Education Minister to secure these scholarships for our electorate.
“Attracting more students to study in Mallee will be good for our community, good for local businesses and good for tourism.
“International students who study in regional Australia rate their living and learning experience higher than students based in metropolitan centres yet just three per cent of our 690,000 international students were enrolled in regional Australia last year.
“Our Government’s Destination Australia program is helping to attract more students to study in regional Australia and we can help by promoting Mallee as an attractive study destination because of our lifestyle, lower cost of living and smaller class sizes.”
Students can apply directly to institutions. Successful tertiary education providers can be found at www.education.gov.au/destination-australia.