University Of Wollongong Batemans Bay – 18 years and counting - Open Night Aug 29th

On the 29th August at 5.30pm, UOW Batemans Bay will be holding their annual information night.

A long history of support and lobbying by the regional community played a key role in the foundation of the University of Wollongong Batemans Bay Campus. Batemans Bay was the first of the UOW’s Regional Education Centres to open on the South Coast with its first intake of students in Autumn Session 2000. The Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Chris Vardon officially opened the $1.8 million Batemans Bay Library and Education Access Centre on the 31 March 2000, which was a joint undertaking between UOW, Eurobodalla Shire Council and TAFE Illawarra. When it opened Batemans Bay offered 3 partial degrees in the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce, and the Bachelor of Arts with the Community and Culture major. Today, UOW Batemans Bay offers complete degrees in Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Management and Marketing), the Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Community, Culture and Environment; History; English Literature; Sociology and Indigenous Studies), Masters of Teaching Primary and Secondary and the Bachelor of Nursing.

Batemans Bay’s enrolments tripled over the first 2 years and have risen steadily ever since, with students numbers around 200 each year. Roughly 900 students have graduated from UOW BBay over the past 17 years. They had our first new teachers graduate in 2009 and our first Nursing graduates at the end of 2016.

Since 2010, UOW Batemans Bay has been delivering our In2Uni program to all primary and high schools in the Eurobodalla and Ulladulla region. This program engages with individuals in schools and communities to build their awareness and aspirations toward higher education (not just university), to provide them with the knowledge and skills to get there.

A spokesperson for the UoW told The Beagle "At the University of Wollongong Batemans Bay Campus, we understand that the journey to ‘what you want to be when you grow up’ can take individuals in many directions. "That’s why our programs start working with students early in year one and continues to support individuals through high school and on to vocational pathways or university to ensure their successful journey in higher education. "This year UOW Batemans Bay has been hosting 114 year 12 students, who attend our 20 week UPP Program. This program runs over two school terms, and is designed to support students with their HSC study skills and allow them to experience student life whilst still in Year 12.

"At UOW Batemans Bay our focus is on lifelong learning and engagement with education, whilst providing tangible outcomes for individuals. That’s why we not only offer individuals with university preparation programs, but also vocational pathways to encourage them to remain connected with education. There are many ways to get into university and an ATAR or a HSC mark is just one of the ways.

On the 29th August at 5.30pm, UOW Batemans Bay will be holding their annual information night. If you would like to find out more about their degrees, talk to students studying at UOW Batemans Bay, discover what they have to offer or explore the many ways in which you can access university be sure to attend the event. You can Register HERE ... http://uow.info/batemansbay

UOW is one of only two Australian universities – and the only publicly funded university - to achieve 5-stars in all student experience measures in the 2018 Good Universities Guide: Overall experience; Skills development; Student support; Teaching quality and Learning resources and learner engagement.

In the federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), last updated May 2018, UOW ranked equal first in Australia for Teacher Education, receiving the highest average ranking across all indicators.

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