Vic Uni to resume tertiary courses in Sunbury                       

THREE years after closing its Sunbury campus, Victoria University will resume running tertiary education courses in the town.

As part of the Hume Multiversity project, the university will run classes from the Sunbury Neighbourhood House and Community Centre from semester one next year.

Hume Multiversity is a joint project of Hume Council, Kangan Institute and Deakin and Victoria universities.

It offers access to tertiary education courses across the municipality.

Classes started in Broadmeadows this year.

Council organisation and community learning director Kylie Ezzy said the courses might include bachelor degrees in the arts, business or the sciences.

“The expansion of the Hume Multiversity program reflects the council’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art facilities and services to Hume residents.”

She said the university had already invested in videoconferencing equipment at the Sunbury Neighbourhood House.

Victoria University educational innovation senior adviser Amanda Achterberg said the classes at Sunbury were part of a new approach by the university.

“Victoria University is deeply committed to demonstrating its mission to Melbourne’s west by providing tertiary education opportunities for the Sunbury community.

“The university will be establishing a new collaborative learning space in the local community to engage students in both formal and informal learning experiences.

“These spaces will be technology-rich and have high-definition videoconferencing facilities that can link to both the broader university and to industry.

“While the final details of specific courses are yet to be resolved Victoria University is developing ‘flipped classroom’ programs for Sunbury in 2014 that are responsive to the needs of Sunbury residents and contribute to the ongoing development of the local community.”

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