FedUni’s Berwick courses finalised

Federation University vice-chancellor Professor David Battersby says the university will offer 15 courses from its new Berwick campus next year.

Federation University vice-chancellor Professor David Battersby says the university will offer 15 courses from its new Berwick campus next year.

Federation University will offer 15 courses from its new Berwick campus in 2017.

The federal government this week approved the Ballarat-based university taking over full responsibility for the Berwick site from Monash University in 2018.

The two universities will share the campus, in Melbourne’s outer south east, next year while the transition takes place.

Courses to be offered will include three different bachelors of business and two in commerce.

Others include community and human services, education (early childhood), education (primary), education studies, environmental and conservation science, three different information technology courses, nursing, and veterinary and wildlife science.

In 2018, the campus will also offer social science, health science, science and arts (criminal justice) courses.

Federation University vice-chancellor Professor David Battersby said the announcement was the culmination of intense work by both universities.

“Federation University Australia greatly looks forward to delivering our high-quality programs and courses at Berwick,” Professor Battersby said.

“Our preparations continue for the start of the 2017 academic year.”

Federation University staff will be allocated to the campus, with support from both Ballarat and Gippsland campuses in the start-up period. Dedicated staff will then be added to the campus over time to support anticipated student growth.

In July, Federation University announced it was taking control of Monash University’s Berwick campus, pending government approvals.

It came in the wake of Federation University knocking back a $100 million deal to take over Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus.

Monash University announced in March it would be forced to close the campus unless it could partner with another university on the site, with only 1600 students enrolled.

Current students will transfer to either Monash University’s Clayton or Peninsula campuses once the transition has been made if they have not completed their course.

The Berwick campus currently offers courses in business, education and nursing.