Deakin University set to work on new plan

DEAKIN University will establish a plan for the continued operation of its Warrnambool campus.

Vice Chancellor Jane den Hollander emailed staff at the south-west campus on Monday morning, updating them on the campus’ future.

It came after a university council meeting with Warrnambool Regional Tertiary Advisory Group’s (RTAG) on Friday. 

Professor den Hollander’s email did not offer clarification on Deakin’s future in Warrnambool. 

“We have been in discussions for most of this year about the need to develop a more sustainable model for higher education in Warrnambool and the south-west region and how we might secure that with assistance from the federal and state governments,” she wrote.

“Since my last email to you in August we have submitted a detailed business case to the Federal Government outlining a proposal for a sustainable future for the Warrnambool campus and received confirmation of funding support."

She said the university council had considered RTAGs vision for the campus. Co-chair Bernadette Northeast told The Standard the council reiterated the future of the campus had not been decided.

“At that meeting, after much discussion about the future of Deakin University and its campus in Warrnambool, council requested that the university management develops a change management proposal for the continued operation of the campus and higher education in Warrnambool,” Professor den Hollander said.

She said the university was working through the council’s request for a proposal and would meet with Warrnambool staff on October 3 to keep them updated.

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