Many more high-quality students will have the opportunity to undertake higher education at their preferred institution thanks to the allocation of new Commonwealth-funded places to The University of Western Australia, according to UWA’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson.
Professor Robson said he was delighted that the Federal Government, and particularly the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, had acknowledged the need for additional places in areas of high demand at UWA.
The Minister today announced the allocation of new student places across Australia to areas of skills need and student demand, including 230 new student places for UWA in 2008.
“The case for additional places at UWA has been based on the very high demand from high-quality students who often have been unable to access their preferred course and preferred institution because of insufficient places.
“This high demand has meant that our University has had to set very high TER cut-off scores to many of our courses. In fact, we continue to have some of the highest cut-off scores in Australia. This has meant that many very high-quality students who choose UWA miss out because of a lack of Commonwealth-funded places.
“The allocation of these new places – particularly in areas of high demand such as science and engineering – will help ensure the University’s very high entrance scores are brought more into line with leading research universities in other states, reducing the disadvantage to high-quality students,” Professor Robson said.
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