Creating a tertiary experience

Council urges the State Government to provide a university and TAFE within the municipality.

Issues

In the next 10 years, in the City of Melton,  

the number of 12–17 years olds will increase from 11,879 to 17,215 (around 40 per cent).  

The tertiary education choices within the municipality, for students who leave secondary school at either year 10 or in year 12, are not being catered for by the government. 

Data from the Victorian Department of Education and Training indicates that six months after leaving high school in 2016, 43.7 per cent of the municipality’s students commenced a bachelor degree. This downward trend of 6 per cent since 2012 may partially be attributed to the lack of a local tertiary campus in the municipality. 

Globally, education facilities are creating tertiary hubs. The critical issue facing the  City of Melton is that there is no tertiary hub experience available to aspiring students.  

As a result, school leavers in the municipality are missing out.

Issues

In the next 10 years, in the City of Melton,  

the number of 12–17 years olds will increase from 11,879 to 17,215 (around 40 per cent).  

The tertiary education choices within the municipality, for students who leave secondary school at either year 10 or in year 12, are not being catered for by the government. 

Data from the Victorian Department of Education and Training indicates that six months after leaving high school in 2016, 43.7 per cent of the municipality’s students commenced a bachelor degree. This downward trend of 6 per cent since 2012 may partially be attributed to the lack of a local tertiary campus in the municipality. 

Globally, education facilities are creating tertiary hubs. The critical issue facing the  City of Melton is that there is no tertiary hub experience available to aspiring students.  

As a result, school leavers in the municipality are missing out.

Rationale

The global impact of education facilities  lifting the economic standing of communities  is visible in: 

  1. Bordeaux in France
  2. The University of Tasmania 
  3. La Trobe University in Bundoora  and Bendigo 
  4. Deakin University in Geelong

The City of Melton is in a unique position.  

As a growth centre in Victoria, we are being continually shaped by the expectation of  existing and new residents.

In 2015 we were awarded status as a member  of UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). As a result, Melton City Council is committed to making lifelong learning a fundamental part of life across the municipality.

Opportunities

A research paper from the University of Oxford, ‘International Trends in Higher Education 2015’, finds that leading universities and tertiary providers are establishing teaching centres  and branch campuses across the globe.

The City of Melton offers an abundance of  land and opportunity to attract leading national and international tertiary providers to the region. Melton City Council is home to a state  of the art library and learning centre that,  with funding support from the State and Commonwealth, could be expanded to create  a tertiary hub for school leavers. 

The immediate construction of a modern tertiary facility that embraces digital and future employment trends would support school leavers who want to undertake vocational and skill based learning locally instead  of travelling to facilities outside the area.

Melton City Council supports a progressive tertiary experience that includes online, flipped, virtual and blended learning experiences. These innovative learning models are the future of contemporary education experiences and Melton is the ideal incubator to enable these concepts further in Victoria.

Key priorities

Council calls on the State and Commonwealth governments to invest in creating a tertiary experience within the  City of Melton to ensure that existing school leavers can reach their potential.