Introducing Federation University Australia
Following the recent royal assent to the University of Ballarat Amendment (Federation University Australia) Act 2013, Federation University Australia has held a media launch today in Parliament Gardens Reserve.
The new university will amalgamate the University of Ballarat and Monash University’s Gippsland campus to provide greater educational opportunities to the communities of regional Victoria.
Federation University Australia will provide educational options more closely aligned to the needs of local employers, and enhanced opportunities for local students to remain in the region for university study through flexible entry requirements and articulationfrom regional TAFEs such as GippsTAFE and Advance TAFE.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Gippsland campus, Professor Robin Pollard said staff members at the campus have been involved extensively in the consultation, planning and implementation phases of the development.
“It is a time of major organisational change and staff members are managing well with the transition. This week they will receive offers of employment through Federation University Australia on the same terms and benefits as with Monash,“ Professor Pollard said.
“Teach-out of Monash award courses, which excludes the MBBS, is expected to take a number of years, with Monash faculties continuing to play their normal oversight roles.”
As Monash courses are phased out, ‘FedUni’ will phase-in courses that are based on intellectual property contributed by Monash. Five additional award courses will also be introduced in 2014.
Negotiations are in train for the funding of two student organisations, MUGSU and MPA, to support Monash students continuing at the campus in the years ahead.
The creation of Federation University Australia is another evolutionary step for the campus, which began in 1926 as Yallourn Technical School, relocated to Churchill in 1972, became the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education, and joined Monash in 1990.