Tertiary options available at a single site

Published 10 December 2010

portalAlmost before the ink is dry on the last exam of their school life, many Year 12 students are overwhelmed by the pressure to choose where to go and what to study during their tertiary education years. Trying to find clear and focused online advice often adds to that pressure.

Students in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region have just had life made that little bit easier for them, and they couldn’t be more enthusiastic about being involved. They were invited by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to test a new online portal, called Mid Coast Uni Portal, which brings together a host of options for higher education in the one convenient access point.

The site, conceptualised by the Council to boost its regional students’ access to – and participation in – future studies, is a collaborative venture between the University of New England, University of New South Wales, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, Southern Cross University, Charles Sturt University, and North Coast TAFE.

UNE’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students and Social Inclusion), Ms Eve Woodberry, said that the Web site was dedicated to making the decision for tertiary study more straightforward, and that it would attract prospective students who would otherwise not be drawn to university study.

“UNE is immensely proud to be so heavily involved in a technology scheme that drives straight to the goal of boosting student participation and encouraging new high-school graduates to look into their potential,” she said.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council encouraged students to test the site in real time, and Ms Woodberry observed that the portal had been extremely well received.

“Bringing all of these options together, across six universities and TAFE in one user-friendly portal, makes exploring higher education not only easier but actually quite enjoyable, as students get to interact with each university,” she said. “This Web site is a testament to the commitment universities have to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to consider a higher education. It’s about diversity and choice, and we hope more students access and enjoy the online experience.”