THIRTEEN students studying at the Bathurst campus of Charles Sturt University will be offered federal government scholarships to support their studies.
The 13 Bathurst scholarships are worth a total of $643,500 and will be funded through the $93.7 million Destination Australia program.
Calare MP Andrew Gee announced the scholarships last week, saying they would be available to international and domestic students next year.
Further scholarships will be offered to four students studying at CSU's Orange campus and 15 students enrolled at the Orange campus of TAFE NSW.
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"Destination Australia provides scholarships worth $15,000 a year to students who study at a regional university or vocational education provider," Mr Gee said.
"Our region has some great teaching facilities in Charles Sturt University and TAFE Western and these scholarships will provide an attractive opportunity for international and domestic students to choose to study in the Central West.
"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 Calare will be good for our community, good for local businesses and good for tourism."
Charles Sturt University vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the scholarships provided further incentive for students to study at regional universities.
"It's pleasing to have this financial incentive ... and it provides another reason for students to study in regional areas.
"Our students have a great learning environment, are hands-on and find well-paid, full-time employment faster than graduates from any other Australian university."
The October 2019 edition of the Good Universities Guide released by The Good Education Group revealed 86 per cent of CSU graduates were in full-time employment within four months of completing their course - superior to any other Australian university.
Our alumni have a proud history of swiftly realising their career goals.CSU vice-chancellor Andrew Vann
"Our alumni have a proud history of swiftly realising their career goals and contributing to their communities in meaningful ways," Professor Vann said.
"Attracting students to regional areas not only provides a short-term boost to regional economies, but they often stay or pursue a career in regional Australia."
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