The University of New England will provide students with flexible study options to help them capitalise on and move with a fast-changing world.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, has announced that students who are not attracted to a full degree, will have the flexibility to choose units from selected undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and assemble them into their own short ‘bespoke course.’
Professor Duncan says the ‘Bespoke Courses’ will sit alongside UNE’s comprehensive offering of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
‘Our market research told us that many working adults want shorter and more flexible educational opportunities that help position them for emerging changes in their work life,’ explains Professor Duncan.
‘We recognise that many working adults are simply not able to commit to a full degree and we firmly believe they should have access to the parts of a university education they need most.’
The progressive move has come from the University’s research into the impact of automation, globalization and digitization on the workforce and the impacts that artificial intelligence and other technologies may have on many professions.
A report published by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) in 2015 found that almost five million Australian jobs – around 40 per cent of the workforce – face the high probability of being replaced by computers in the next 10 to 15 years.
Under the new arrangements students can custom build a course consisting of just two, three or four units in contrast to a traditional Australian bachelor’s degree which requires students to complete a minimum of 24 units, and a master’s degree requiring up to 16 units.
“Students have the freedom to select either the fundamental or most advanced units from a degree, or a combination of both. Alternatively they can mix and match units from across different degrees entirely. As these are real university units, the same units you would study in a full degree, the door is open for students to continue to a full degree in the future” says Professor Duncan
Students will receive a Certificate of Completion for each unit and for their completed Bespoke Course.
Registration into a Bespoke Course is open now and teaching commences in Trimester 1 2017 (20 February).