8 July 2024

UNSW to open School of Education in the Riverina

| Jarryd Rowley
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Riverina students looking to study teaching at UNSW will soon have the luxury of doing so without travelling following the announcement of the new UNSW School of Education Riverina offering courses in 2025. Picture: File.

Aspiring teachers looking to study with the University of NSW will soon be able to do so from their own backyard.

The UNSW School of Education will be offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in teaching to Riverina locals starting in 2025 after the success of its Rural Medical School.

Riverina students under the UNSW School of Education Riverina will have the unique support of a locally based UNSW Regional Director from application to completion of their studies, with facilities being readied for student use in Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Albury.

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Head of School in the School of Education at UNSW, Associate Professor Tony Loughland, highlighted that the combination of UNSW and the local Riverina community working together will lead to an exceptional, world-class education program in the region.

“UNSW was established in 1949 as a university for the entire state of New South Wales, not just for the affluent people in Sydney,” Associate Professor Loughland said.

“In our 75th year as a university, the UNSW School of Education is seeking to act on that charter to establish a strong presence in the Riverina region of New South Wales.

“We propose a first-class teacher education program that combines the academic quality of a top 20 global University with the local knowledge and practical wisdom of educators employed across all school sectors in the Riverina.

“The UNSW School of Education Riverina aims to build a strong regional-based relationship in education to produce exceptional educators who will live, study and work in their local community. Bachelor’s and Master’s programs are offered in primary and secondary education.”

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Under the new degree, students will be able to attend seminars in person with UNSW scholars, as well as apply for paid paraprofessional roles with schools that have partnered with the program during their studies.

Partner schools will also reap some benefits from the new campuses, with the School of Education Riverina offering access to UNSW teacher mentoring programs, networking, seminars and education-based research opportunities.

Expressions of interest from potential students and school partnerships should be directed to the School of Education Riverina at [email protected].

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