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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

More regional students move to the big smoke

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

REGIONAL students throughout Australia – many of them Indigenous – are moving at unprecedented levels to the big smoke to study.

A study funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education at Curtin University shows the number of students shifting from regional towns to city universities has increased by more than 75% between 2008 and 2014.

That's a rise from roughly 29,000 students to more than 50,000. La Trobe University’s Associate Professor Buly Cardak, who co-authored the report, said financial restraints were no longer an inhibitor for students moving to the city.

He added the Government should reassess education funding models in light of the trend.

“How might the Government prioritise funding allocations now that we know an increasing number of regional students is instead choosing metropolitan campuses,” he said.

“Do they invest more in the city, providing infrastructure and support for migrating students? Or do they increase incentives for students to stay in, or return to, regional locations?”

The report on regional students looked at students’ home addresses when they first started their university education.

It found a growing proportion of mature-age students and students with disabilities, as well as Indigenous students, were making a city move.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way

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