Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said 89 scholarships would be available to international and domestic students to study in Armidale next year.
Mr Joyce said tertiary education providers in the New England had been provided the scholarships through the Federal Coalition Government’s $93.7 million Destination Australia program.
Destination Australia provides scholarships worth $15,000 a year to students who study at a regional university or vocational education provider.
In New England there will be:
- 59 scholarships at the Armidale campus of The University of New England
15 scholarships at Academies Australasia Institute (Armidale based)
15 scholarships at TAFE NSW - Western Institute (Armidale based)
“Given our laid back regional setting, Armidale and the New England have a great story to tell and we can be an attractive destination for international and domestic students,” Mr Joyce said.
“That’s why I have worked with local providers and the Education Minister to secure these scholarships for our electorate.
“Attracting more students to study in the New England will be good for our community, good for local businesses and good for tourism.
“International students who study in regional Australia rate their living and learning experience higher than students based in metropolitan centres yet just three per cent of our 690,000 international students were enrolled in regional Australia last year.
“Our Government’s Destination Australia program is helping to attract more students to study in regional Australia and we can help by promoting the New England as an attractive study destination because of our lifestyle, lower cost of living and smaller class sizes.”
Students can apply directly to institutions. Successful tertiary education providers can be found at www.education.gov.au/destination-australia