Going the distance (Australia)

An Australian university has announced a A$2.3 million (£1.5 million) collaboration with an education company to boost participation in a rural part of the country. Swinburne University of Technology and Mansfield Adult Continuing Education plan to raise university attendance in the north-east of Victoria – home to many remote communities – from 25 per cent to nearer the state average of 41 per cent, The Australian reported. Swinburne will use a state grant to develop the U2Uni programme, an online learning model that will give students in regional communities remote access to tertiary education. Students will be able to choose from a range of diploma courses, then proceed to associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.

Source: Times Higher Education  http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=418642&c=1