Country Universities Centre – Ovens Murray opens its doors in several rural towns in 2022

by | Sep 5, 2022 | Bush Voices

Country Universities Centre – Ovens Murray opened its doors this year in Wangaratta, Mansfield and Corryong.

The centres support students in rural, regional and remote Australia to access, participate and succeed in tertiary education without having to disconnect from their communities. These are a Federally funded service and free for students to access. There are 26 Regional Universities Centres (RUC) currently across Australia with more recently announced. Each RUC is unique and embedded within its community. Each Centre reflects the community it serves including the place, people, local industry and educational provision with a Community Board. In Victoria, there are two other RUCs operating; CUC Bass Coast (Wonthaggi) and Gippsland East Study Hub (Bairnsdale & Sale).

The centres provide student support and campus-style facilities for students who are studying in the Ovens Murray region. CUC-Ovens Murray exists to support any student, studying any course – at any university or higher education provider, ranging from diplomas to degrees and postgraduate study. They do that by providing free access to a dedicated learning space (7 days/week 7am-midnight), free printing, dual-screen computers and in-person academic support. So, anybody in their region currently enrolled in a higher education course can register, access the centre and use their services for free.

 

“Joining CUC has ensured I have access to a range of study resources and technology I would otherwise struggle without. I no longer fall behind in my studies when visiting home, and the extra support from CUC has already lifted my confidence in completing my course.”

The CUC-OM is a great service if studying online/externally, but they also have a number of students who are on-campus or multi-modal. The centres can be accessed and used when students return home from campus for events, weekends or periods of time. They have already helped over 40 students, studying at 16 different institutions since opening our facilities. For some students, they say it is a space they can come and study without the distractions of home, for others, it is for academic support, whereas others love the reliable internet or the ability to print, or a combination of these things. 

Do you know someone currently juggling study at home? Or do you know someone studying in 2023? Let them know that the CUC-OM are now open in Corryong, Mansfield and Wangaratta and can support them in their learning journey. Registering is easy, and can be done via the website www.cucovensmurray.edu.au

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If you would like more information, you can call the Centre Manager Mark van Bergen on 0490 022 028 or email mark.vanbergen@cucovensmurray.edu.au