UB to expand with Gippsland campus alignment

THE University of Ballarat is set to expand with an announcement today expected about a new alignment with Monash University's Gippsland campus.

Victorian Higher Education Minister, Peter Hall, will outline the plans at noon, with a spokesperson for the University of Ballarat unable to comment this morning.

The Courier understands media reports that the campus had been bought by the University of Ballarat are incorrect.

Monash University Vice-Chancellor Ed Byrne told ABC Radio said the two universities would launch a new joint project under a new name.

He said there would be no job losses, no additional courses cut and "a whole bevy of new courses to be launched".

Monash Gippsland staff are being briefed about the changes this morning, with the campus suffering from course cuts in recent years.

Professor Byrne said the partnership would see expanded tertiary education opportunities in regional Victoria.

University of Ballarat Vice-Chancellor David Battersby has previously announced the formation of the Menzies Alliance project, sharing resources among regional TAFE campuses in Victoria.

Victorian government cuts to the TAFE sector in 2012 saw UB lose $20 million in funding, with staff redundancies and course cuts receving significant community opposition.

More to come.

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