Spike in Australian university places have recorded a 27 per cent increase in student places since 2007, figures released today reveal.
And a Federal Government decision to uncap university places this year has resulted in funding for an estimated 150,000 extra places across the country. Victorian universities recording the biggest increases in student numbers include Deakin University with 5,216 and Monash with 5,142. Minister for Tertiary Education Chris Evans said the reforms were aimed at enabling Australia to be a more competitive, prosperous nation.
“It will provide the skilled graduates that our industries and businesses need to compete in an increasingly global economy,” he said. “A university education is a ticket to a better working future for individuals, families and communities.”
Workforce development body Skills Australia predicts that by 2025 a third of all jobs will require a minimum of a bachelor degree qualification. Australian Catholic University Associate Vice Chancellor Chris Sheargold said the increase in students was a positive development.
“Industry sectors will get the skilled professionals that they need to grow, and also, more young people will be getting the chance to be in tertiary education,” he said.
Victorian University increases
Deakin – 5,216 extra places
Monash – 5,142
RMIT – 4,587
Swinburne – 3,926
La Trobe – 3,285
Victoria University – 2,871
University of Melbourne – 2,130
University of Ballarat – 1,231
Tabor College – 60
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE – 350
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE – 60
Australian Catholic Univeristy – 7,042