By University College Chief Executive Lee Whiteley

The saying “All Roads Lead to Rome” may be true, but not all roads make for a smooth journey and that’s something the team at the University College keeps in mind.

When we design and implement our courses, we not only ask industry what it is that they are looking for in a graduate, we look at the different ways in which our students learn.

Below are some encouraging examples of how the right pathway into further education can make your journey a positive and life-changing experience.

New Associate Degrees
This year is an exciting one with new associate degrees being offered across our three campuses in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart.

One of the new courses on offer – Applied Technologies – has taken centrestage at this year’s MONA FOMA in Launceston.

University College staff have given two local students a taste of the new associate degree through the creation of two cyborg puppets.

Students Eleanor Ivery, 17, a St Patrick’s College Year 12 student and Sebastian Knevett, 21, a third year University of Tasmania ICT student, have spent the last few weeks bringing the large puppets to life by rigging them with sensing technology to control their limb movement via automation.

With sensors everywhere and influencing our everyday lives, the Applied Technologies course is catering to a major growth area.

The puppets are currently mounted on the wall at the Academy Gallery at Inveresk and can be controlled through wireless sensors by members of the public willing to give the technology a try.

University Preparation Program
Having the tools to confidently step into university study is no easy feat, but thanks to the University Preparation Program, 41 students took the plunge last year.

Completion ceremonies were held in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart last month, to honour the students, which saw many fast-track into undergraduate degrees.

The University Preparation Program is flexible and designed to provide adult learners with academic learning skills and the confidence and personal skills needed to succeed at university.

Graduation program win for Mady
Congratulations to one of our Agribusiness graduates Mady Muirhead, who has been accepted into the Ruralco Graduate Program for 2019.

Mady recently completed the Associate Degree in Agribusiness with the University College and completed her Diploma of Equine Business Management at Marcus Oldham College.

Her strong passion for horses and interest in livestock and animal systems meant the Agribusiness course was a perfect fit for Mady.

Hands-on industry experience within the course means students will not only have a firm understanding of agribusiness theory but know how to apply it in working environments.

This is done through a range of real-world business examples, live case studies, industry speakers, workshops, industry experiences, and job-focused programs.

For more information on courses, check out the University College website here.