Top marks for new University College approach

professor-janelle-allison-26Enrolments are now open for the University of Tasmania’s new Associate Degrees program, set to offer an affordable and applied approach to higher education in Tasmania.

With degrees initially focusing on agriculture and business, the new curriculum has been designed to align education opportunities with Tasmanian industries with significant employment demand.

The University of Tasmania has appointed rural education specialist, Professor Janelle Allison, to deliver the new Associated Degrees curriculum.

“The nature and structure of these courses will make them more attractive to young Tasmanians who are not now accessing bachelor courses and for people in employment who are ready for a change in career,” said Professor Allison.

“Teaching will be delivered more intensely and there will be an unwavering focus on producing graduates who are job-ready for specific industries where there is employment need.”

The welcome introduction of Associate Degrees, has been described as an important step in addressing the state’s disappointing employment and productivity levels in comparison to our mainland neighbours.

“In the next few years, we know there will be thousands of jobs in agriculture and tourism in our state – both of which are well-paying and exciting fields in which to work,” Professor Allison said.

“This is a bold new approach to higher education, with shorter, standalone qualifications, and may be exactly right for those people who may have thought University wasn’t for them.”

The Associate Degree in Agribusiness, delivered by the University of Tasmania University College, blends elements of management, finance, marketing and planning with technical agriculture studies.

The other initial offering available in 2017 will be the Associate Degree in Applied Business, providing students with a range of opportunities to undertake core business studies or specialise in either Sport, Recreation and Leisure, or Tourism and Events.

Term one is set to kick off on 6 February 2017, with courses available at the University’s Burnie, Launceston and Hobart campuses.

Enrolments will remain open until 1 February 2017.

For more information on the courses, visit: http://www.utas.edu.au/new-associate-degrees

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