Partnership will benefit regional students

Memorandum of Understanding signing

Charles Sturt University (CSU) and TAFE NSW Western Institute will renew a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Academic Cooperation designed to improve access to higher education throughout Western NSW.

The MoU builds on the existing strong relationship between the institutions and will be signed by CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and Institute Director Ms Kate Baxter.

The signing, at 3.30pm on Monday 22 September, at TAFE Western in Orange, will follow a combined CSU and Western Institute Executive meeting. The agreement will include a provision for shared use of the Library and Dental Clinic facilities at CSU in Orange.

Professor Vann said the meeting would be an opportunity to explore potential opportunities for expanding the partnership into the future.

“Charles Sturt University and TAFE NSW Western Institute have developed a mutually beneficial and rewarding relationship over a number of years,” he said.

“This is good, not just for the institutions, but for the students and communities we serve.

“Improving access to all types of tertiary education is a key part of building and maintaining strong and vibrant regional communities.

“We appreciate the benefits the partnership has already provided to our students and the community, and we look forward to building and developing our relationship further into the future.”

Ms Baxter said the renewed agreement would strengthen the pathway from TAFE to university study.

“TAFE Western has worked closely with CSU over many years and today we reaffirm our commitment to work together to ensure people in western NSW are able to access the best range of vocational and higher education offerings possible,” she said.

“By working together we can guarantee that students can move from TAFE study to University study and fulfil their career aspirations.”