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Magazines : Our Place - Geelong Region Magazine 2011
Amy Kearney, 18, selected Deakin University's law/international degree as her first preference and was delighted to receive a place in this year's intake. "I knew that was the type of course I wanted to do and Deakin offered a semester overseas in the third or fourth year, so that's a great opportunity. '' Photograph: Peter Ristevski Students on the rise DEAKIN University has two Geelong campuses -- Waurn Ponds and the Waterfront -- a campus in Bur wood, Melbourne, and another in Warrnambool. Total number of students across all campuses: 39,606 Number of students at both Geelong campuses: 7107 Number of international students at Geelong campuses: 849 Number of distance education students: 11,023 Number of Koorie students studying at Geelong campuses and off campus: 536 Number of courses offered at Geelong campuses: 149 Total number of courses offered through Deakin: 395 *2010 figures DEAKIN University chiefs hope to more than double their student population under a grand plan to underpin Geelong's next era of growth. Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander hopes the university's waterfront campus enrolment will swell from 2100 to 5000 students within 10 years as learning supersedes manufacturing as the city's economic bedrock. " e next step of our existence in Geelong is to contribute in a very meaningful way to the next evolution of Geelong as a city,' ' Prof den Hollander says. "From its proud manufacturing base, think of wool and then into very significant manufacturing over the years, those industries and that time is moving on. " ere's a new way, and why wouldn't Geelong be opportunistic and future-focused and go for an education-knowledge economy. If you do, Deakin is there to provide that.' ' Corio MP Richard Marles has hailed potential for the expected surge in student population to be a key driver in revitalisation of Geelong's ailing CBD. " is is the shot in the arm that the Geelong CBD needs,' ' he says. "Deakin's arrival to the woolstores campus was a key part of the revitalisation of Geelong's waterfront. I really believe that this increase in student numbers could play a significant role in the revitalisation of Geelong's CBD.' ' Deakin plans include basing research, science, technology and information technology studies at Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus and expanding business, law, architecture, arts and communications streams at the waterfront campus. Waurn Ponds' enrolment would grow from 4300 to 5000. "We would start to grow the population of students to about 10,000, which I think is appropriate,' ' Prof den Hollander says. "It would certainly be very useful to the city. It would certainly be much noisier, but we don't mind that. "Certainly I have a great view of Geelong becoming a very significant education precinct.' ' - Danny Lannen Deakin's waterfront campus is seen as integral to revitalising the city. AFTER 25 years of Aboriginal tertiary education at Deakin, the Institute of Koorie Education's Professor Wendy Brabham says there is no Aboriginal family in Victoria which has not been linked to a graduate from the university. "Deakin University has changed the landscape of Aboriginal employment by providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to get a degree through the specialised community-based delivery model,' ' Prof Brabham says. "Students stay in the communities and continue their family, working and community roles while undertaking their studies.' ' From its humble beginnings -- one portable classroom and one discipline -- the institute has expanded to offer programs from arts and education to business and law, health, nursing and behavioural sciences and science and technology. With more than 18 degrees at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, the institute is a destination of choice for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders throughout Australia. Prof Brabham says the university has embraced indigenous knowledge systems at the highest academic level through its academic board. It draws on the energies and wisdom of its Elders and supports academic research into Aboriginal culture. ree of the state's six Aboriginal professors are based at Deakin University. KOORIE EDUCATOR LIKE NO OTHER BOOST TO CBD Our Place - the Geelong Region Magazine 59
Breakaway Autumn 2011