Regional universities can apply for a share of $1.5 million in competitive funding

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Regional partnerships are the focus of a new funding round, which will support innovative projects and programs that aim to enhance education outcomes through collaborations with the university sector.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole and Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens announced universities could apply for a share of $1.5 million in competitive funding for projects that will help deliver greater opportunities for regional students and communities under the NSW Government’s Collaboration and Innovation Fund.

 “Regional universities play an important role in their local communities – and this investment builds on the NSW Government’s vision to future-proof regional communities by allowing locals to access innovative opportunities closer to home,” Mr Toole said.

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 “From Armidale to Wagga Wagga, universities are encouraged to submit proposals for innovative new projects, which could include improving digital delivery and programs that provide work integrated learning, industry placements and cadetships for regional students.”

Henskens said collaborative innovation on shared priorities across whole-of-government would result in stronger outcomes for people in the regions.

“Our regional universities contain world-leading expertise and are in a unique position to benefit their local students and communities,” Mr Henskens said. 

“There is untapped potential in linking regional universities more strongly with other education providers, industry, and community that will promote and increase visibility, investment and opportunities, both locally and globally.”

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The Collaboration and Innovation Fund provides grants to support university projects that address education goals included in the NSW Higher Education Strategy.

Convener of the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee Professor Barney Glover AO said education and training undertaken in universities is a major source of innovation that boosts the livability, productivity and sustainability for communities across NSW.

“Collaboration is the key to stimulate the creation of new knowledge and this funding will enable universities to develop innovative projects which will provide new and exciting opportunities for young people to reach their full potential.”

Applications are open until 6 pm on Friday, 15 April. More information is available online.