Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Education Matters

Pilbara Cities Education Fund for local training

Ministerial Release

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls and Education Minister Peter Collier have announced $692,000 from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Education Partnership Fund towards the establishment of Curtin University’s innovative teaching and simulation learning facility at Port Hedland. 

Mr Grylls said Curtin University was aiming to establish a world-class training facility for the region in partnership with the Pilbara Institute to deliver training and education in nursing and other health discipline education programs.

“The project will initially focus on establishing a dedicated learning facility at Pilbara Institute’s South Hedland Campus, focusing on using e-Learning technologies to deliver tertiary health qualifications to students in the Pilbara,” he said.

“The Curtin University project is a creative and collaborative approach to addressing the delivery of tertiary education in the region, through the use of state-of-the-art information and telecommunication infrastructure.”

Mr Grylls said the funding awarded to Curtin University was one of many tertiary programs supported by the Government’s $50million Pilbara Education Partnership Fund.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the program would also benefit Curtin University’s Bentley Campus to assist with the e-Learning technology and reduce the requirement for students to travel out of the Pilbara to attain qualifications.

“Funding from the Pilbara Education Partnership Fund will enable the purchase and installation of AV teaching and simulated clinical training equipment and resources.  This will allow high-quality interactions between learners and presenters at host and partner sites,” Mr Collier said.

“The Government is very pleased to be partnering with Curtin University to support the delivery of high-quality tertiary education in the Pilbara and I look forward to the development of further learning opportunities into the future.”

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