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Curtin shows strong support for Muresk

Media release

C240/08

29 August 2008

Curtin University of Technology’s Northam campus has an ongoing role to play in agricultural education in Western Australia according to Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane Den Hollander, who made a statement today supporting the future of the campus and promoting the upcoming Muresk Open Day on Sunday 7 September 2008.

In June 2008, Curtin commissioned an external review of the Muresk facility at Northam to explore opportunities for the University to enhance its operations there and also across the Muresk Institute, which is Curtin’s School of Agriculture and Environment with programs at Northam, Bentley and Margaret River.

The review committee has been seeking advice and input from stakeholders in agricultural industries and across the community and has been very pleased with the level of interest and support being shown.

Professor Jane Den Hollander stressed the importance of Muresk to the University.

“The Muresk campus is an important part of the University and Curtin is committed to offering educational courses through this facility.” Professor Den Hollander said.

“However, the future of Muresk will depend on potential areas for course expansion and growth being identified and developed.”

“The expectation from the review, which is planned to be finalised by mid September 2008, is that it will provide greater opportunities for our students and staff in the future.”

“The review process to date has determined that the Muresk Institute enjoys strong support from industry stakeholders and that Muresk graduates are highly sought after by employers. The challenge will be to build on this success.”

The Muresk Open Day will showcase the degrees available and the broad range of related careers in the agriculture and food industries.  Potential students, their families and the community are invited to attend.

Dr Gary Hepworth is Head of Agribusiness at Muresk’s Northam Campus and believes that Open Day is essential for those interested in studying for a degree in Agribusiness.

“The Muresk Open Day is an opportunity for the future students and the community to experience the exciting and challenging future that agricultural careers offer and view Muresk’s excellent facilities,” Dr Hepworth said.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for potential students to gain a clear understanding of the many career opportunities available with an Agribusiness degree,”

Visitors to the campus can tour the commercial farm and field and research trials, take a tour of the teaching facilities and residential accommodation and speak with current Muresk students, who will be in attendance to discuss their first-hand experience of university and campus life.

Lunch is provided to all visitors, free of charge, in the historic homestead.

For more information about Muresk Institute and courses in agribusiness, please visit www.muresk.curtin.edu.au

Modified: 2 September 2008