Distance education brings UNE and La Trobe together

Published 10 February 2012

laptop_keyboardThe University of New England and La Trobe University have entered discussions to increase the choice of study options for their students.

UNE has now entered into separate agreements with NSW and Victoria-based Universities to explore how best to use its widely recognised strengths and expertise to enhance distance education teaching and learning.

Cross‐institutional enrolments and new distance education unit/course development are the key features of the MOU with La Trobe University.

Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice‐Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions, said the University was a national leader in distance education with a proven track record in delivering high‐quality online options.

“This MOU is about using the strengths of both universities to provide flexible and market‐driven options to students,” Professor Minichiello said. “We also think we will be able to achieve the Federal Government’s higher education targets through collaboration between universities – not just competition – in the new demand‐driven environment.”

La Trobe University’s Senior Deputy Vice‐Chancellor, Professor John Rosenberg, said the MOU was about providing students of both institutions with a greater choice of flexibly delivered study options.

“It is also about collaboration, better management of resources, and opportunities to explore further online options with UNE,” Professor Rosenberg said. “La Trobe excels in the areas of health sciences and molecular biology, and we think there is an opportunity for both institutions to utilise existing expertise and offer new distance education options to the market.”