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Aus: U of Adelaide moves into Melbourne

South Australia’s University of Adelaide has announced it will expand into the state of Victoria, with plans to open a dedicated “international” campus in Melbourne this year.

The University of Adelaide will open a new Melbourne campus in time for trimester 2, July 2020. Photo: University of Adelaide

"The programs will initially only be open to international students"

The campus, located in Docklands on the city’s western fringe, will offer classes from July 2020 and is offering 11 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in accounting, finance, commerce and IT.

“The Melbourne campus will broaden the reach of a University of Adelaide education in areas in which we excel”

It is being delivered in partnership with Kaplan and the programs will initially only be open to international students, supporting one of the university’s strategic aims of “an expanded cohort of students from overseas more representative of the world’s cultures”.

The academic programs being offered will be designed by the university and taught by academic staff from Kaplan.

“The new campus consolidates and extends the long-term partnership between our two educational institutions,” said Kaplan managing director, Rob Regan.

“Kaplan has operated a pathway college to the University of Adelaide since 2007 and became the Preferred Pathway Provider in 2016.”

Currently, 37% of the 27,000 strong student population are from countries other than Australia, predominantly China (4,233).

University vice-chancellor, Peter Rathjen, said the institution is seeking to attract several hundred students to the new campus in coming years and expand its offering.

It is also the first time in its 146-year history that the University of Adelaide has opened another campus in Australia outside of its home state.

“While modest in size compared to our existing campuses, the new Melbourne campus will broaden the reach of a University of Adelaide education in areas in which we excel,” he said, “and provide us with an entry point into the eastern states.”

The campus will also have the capacity to expand its offerings in the future to showcase areas of specialist knowledge, including wine and artificial intelligence.

“We believe students will be attracted by our international reputation, seeking access to the specialised knowledge we offer and the opportunities our University opens for them,” said Rathjen.

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2 Responses to Aus: U of Adelaide moves into Melbourne

  1. What a bizzare choice. Why would the University of Adelaide open a campus in Melbourne to attract international students?

    Its not like international students just come to Australia and look for a university once they get here.

    International students apply for Australian universities while still in their home countries, and then go to the city where the university that accepts them is located.

    If the University of Adelaide accepts them, they will just go to Adelaide.

    I really don’t see how opening this campus broadens the University of Adelaide’s reach. If I was an international student in Melbourne, I would already be attending one of the Melbourne universities.

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