$5.8 million for excellence in Australian higher education teaching and learning

Media Release
  • Minister for Education
  • Leader of the House

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced $5.8 million in Australian Government funding for 30 projects to improve teaching in Australia’s higher education institutions, to ensure they better meet the needs of students.

Mr Pyne said the grants carefully target areas of need and strategic importance to the future of Australia’s higher education sector.

“These grants will help to ensure higher education providers equip our students to live and work in the 21st century,” Mr Pyne said.

“The projects we are funding will explore and develop new ways of teaching. Through these projects we will learn about the best in the world so that our institutions can better help students get the most from their higher education.

“The funding will also help ensure Australia continues to attract international students, so that our $15 billion international education sector continues to grow, supporting the jobs of thousands of Australians.”

The grants include:

  • a project that will improve the experience of students studying at regional universities through the development of new resources;
  • a project that will link international inbound students with domestic outbound students to improve global connections;
  • a project that will help students to use their personal devices, such as  smartphones and tablets, to gain more from their work placements during their courses; and
  • Improving medical students’ competence in prescribing medicines.

“I am particularly pleased we are able to fund projects that will help institutions make a bigger contribution to their communities and the nation by ensuring more regional Australians can succeed in tertiary education,” Mr Pyne said.

“All projects will help our higher education sector remain internationally competitive, spreading the benefits of tertiary education to more students, especially those in the regions,” he said.

All grant applications are peer reviewed and assessed by the independent Strategic Advisory Committee of the Office for Learning and Teaching.

For a full list of projects including guidance for applicants for 2015 visit http://www.olt.gov.au/grants-and-projects.

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