Higher learning on fresh path with new Great Southern Universities Centre

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Mike Eastman has been announced as the director of the new Great Southern Universities Centre program.

The program is being developed at Albany Co-operative Society Building, on Frederick Street, in Albany, and aims to bring better learning to the region through technical support.

The appointment of Mr Eastman, an experienced educator, was announced by Regional Development Australia Great Southern chair Andrus Budrikis last week.

Mr Eastman is familiar with the region, having spent the past 10 years co-ordinating the Radio Active program with the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Great Southern Grammar and Albany Senior High School.

Mr Brudrikis said the program would introduce courses with tertiary education partners.

“Mike brings over 20 years tertiary education experience with him, including 15 years as the former head of contemporary music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts,” he said.

“RDA Great Southern has worked hard to secure three years Commonwealth funding towards the establishment and operations of the Universities Centre program, and Mike’s enthusiasm, broad understanding of the tertiary education system and regional needs associated with online studies will be well suited to the program.”

Mr Eastman said he was excited to be working on the program at this time, when more tertiary and further education study opportunities were on offer in the region.

“Approximately 600 people are studying degree courses and other tertiary study units online in the Great Southern region, and the new Universities Centre will be an important new education resource for those people,” he said.

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