Armidale Council backs engineering & regional planning students

Published 29 January 2014

EducationMalcolm X famously said ‘education is the passport to the future.’ Armidale Dumaresq Council and the University of New England have joined forces once again to stamp the educational passport of 2 undergraduate country students, offering scholarships to study Engineering or Urban and Regional Planning.

While the Armidale Dumaresq Council has been offering scholarships at UNE for more than ten years, this is the first time an engineering scholarship will be available.

Two scholarships valued at $6000 per annum are available under the program, one for a student commencing their Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at UNE, and another to support a UNE student starting their Bachelor of Engineering Technology.

Selection criteria for the competitive scholarships will consider the student’s record of academic achievement and involvement in leadership positions at school or in the community.

Mayor of Armidale Dumaresq Council, Laurie Bishop, says the 2014 scholarships continue a long tradition of co-operation between the Council and UNE and this year will focus on boosting the ranks of Engineers and Planners in regional areas.

“Councils like Armidale have always struggled to attract and retain these highly skilled professionals, so rather than complain about how hard that is, this scholarship program is a direct investment in our future workforce. Recipients are also given the opportunity to undertake work experience at the Armidale Dumaresq Council.”

The University of New England’s Director of Advancement, Anita Taylor says UNE’s engineering and regional planning degrees are highly regarded in regional Australia and these scholarships are designed to allow rural kids to study in a rural area, then stay on and practice their profession here.

“For the past decade the collaboration between UNE and the Armidale Dumaresq Council has given students across a range of disciplines the financial support to begin and complete their courses.”

UNE is putting its full support behind the scholarships, and is matching them by reducing the cost of on-campus residential fees for scholarship winners by 50%. UNE is Australia’s preeminent college university, offering on-campus residential students the full, fun and unique experience of university life.

Previous Armidale Dumaresq Council Scholarship recipient, Adam Strahle, studied Urban and Regional Planning at UNE, and has gone on to work on a range of projects ranging from large infrastructure projects, high-rise buildings, subdivisions and master planned communities.

“The Scholarship certainly made life at uni easier for me, but perhaps the main benefit came after I finished at UNE, when winning the scholarship was a key contributor to obtaining a position with a large New Zealand development firm. The fact that I had studied at a regional university and been awarded a scholarship really got my foot in the door,” Mr Strahle said.

Students from regional or remote areas who are considering studying Engineering or Urban and Regional Planning at UNE are eligible to apply before the end of January.

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