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Benefits for Melbourne's west in tertiary education plan

Victoria University welcomes the release this week of the Victorian Government's Tertiary Education Access Plan, which provides a blueprint for the continued growth of the sector.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Harman said the plan acknowledges the role of VU in the west of Melbourne, and the University's partnerships with community groups, schools and other tertiary education providers to lift educational aspiration and access.

"The University looks forward to working with the Government and industry to develop 'innovation' precincts in Melbourne's west," Professor Harman said.

"The proposed Werribee Employment Precinct, adjacent to VU's Werribee Campus and at the centre of one of Australia's fastest growing regions, has the potential to develop into an innovation precinct over time.

"Another initiative with the potential to grow is the VU partnership with Western Health and the University of Melbourne at the Sunshine Hospital, where the partners are investing in first-class facilities for training health professionals and undertaking research in specialist areas such as musculo-skeletal medicine.

"The access plan also acknowledges the importance of international students to the Victorian economy.

"VU has been at the forefront of innovation in the delivery of courses to international students. Our recent agreement with Ganpat University in the Indian state of Gujarat, for example, allows students to begin their studies locally and transfer to campuses in Melbourne to complete their degrees.

"We look forward to working with Government on developing plans for international education that maximise the benefits to students, their home countries and to Victoria.

"The west is growing rapidly to become an economic powerhouse with a strong knowledge economy. As a major employer and the largest educational and research institution in the region, VU is committed to providing the support to underpin this transformation."

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