Plans to establish a University Study Centre in the region are moving ahead, with the appointment of Port Pirie’s Reg Dennis as the project coordinator.
Chair of Spencer Gulf Cities, Mayor Sam Johnson, was enthusiastic about the appointment, explaining the project timeframes mean there is a lot of work to do in a short amount of time.
“Our university partners are keen to move forward with the project – we are aiming to take students at the Port Pirie campus from 2019”, said Mr Johnson. “We will be working closely with secondary schools and local businesses to identify potential students and potential employers and to then make sure our university partners offer the courses that best meet these local needs.”
“Our focus will include both school leavers as well as career-upgrade aspirants who wish to undertake post-graduate qualifications.”
“Reg’s appointment is just a perfect fit. We only have six months before our first student intake and he will certainly hit the ground running”.
“In addition to Reg, we are also advertising for a whole range of skills that we will need to help successfully establish the University Study Centre, including student and industry engagement, media and marketing support and campus development.”
“We have a lot of work to do over the next six months, but we have had a fantastic response from the community – there is definitely a need”.
“It’s a very exciting time for the Upper Spencer Gulf”.
Mayor Sam Johnson, Chair, Spencer Gulf Cities – Mob: 0423 291 127
Mr Reg Dennis, Project Coordinator – Mob: 0459 840 130
Reg Dennis will be working with local schools and businesses in readiness for the first student intake at the university study centre in 2019