13 July 16Hope Terdich


Deakin University Student Association Statement.

DUSA Student President 2016 - Matthew McDonald

Following yesterday’s announcement surrounding the ongoing future of the Deakin Warrnambool Campus, DUSA Student President 2016 – Matthew McDonald states, “We are cautiously optimistic. The good news is that it looks like Deakin will be staying, at least for the next few years. The bad news is that we still don’t look like we have a long term solution in place.”

“We welcome the fact that both the State and Federal Governments have shown that they are willing to put money on the table to preserve higher education in the region and we would hope that those commitments still stand.”

McDonald continued by saying, “We hope that the offer of $14 million to save the campus from Dan Tehan and the Government was a genuine one and is not dropped now that the election is over. That is money that could be well spent in protecting the future of the Warrnambool campus.”

“No matter what happens in the future, DUSA has continually been assured that the University will adhere to their legislated requirements to teach out all enrolled students at the Warrnambool campus.”

“DUSA remains focused from here, we will continue to work with everyone involved to ensure that any proposed changes to Deakin at Warrnambool will not adversely impact the student experience.”

Warrnambool student Peg O’Keefe said, “It’s a huge relief to be honest. Hopefully this means that Deakin is staying long term.”

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(Image DUSA Student President 2016 - Matthew McDonald)