Acceptance of positions by students in the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management has vindicated the return of a degree to Muresk this year.

The minimum of 20 students has been reached and ensures the Charles Sturt University degree will run. This is a major accomplishment considering student results were only released at the end of December.

Director of the C Y O'Connor Institute Higher Education Project, Dr Christine Storer, said, "Final numbers are expected to exceed 30 when all applications have been processed. "This is exciting for our team to have reached this point and we are looking forward to the start of semester in early March. "The level of interest as well as acceptances into the course shows evidence of support for a rural based, hands on agricultural business degree, she said.

News that the degree is definitely going ahead has been welcomed by community and industry leaders. There has already been strong support from employers eager for well qualified graduates to fill vacancies in agricultural and related businesses. Negotiations are in the final stages and will result in a number offering scholarships to students.

The School of Agribusiness building at Muresk is being fitted out to ensure students have facilities that support them with their studies. The building will have a social area, library, internet access and provide easy access to the staff delivering the course.

Accommodation arrangements have also been completed with Muresk Institute and link in with the innovative course timetable where subjects are delivered in three day blocks. Students will be able to live on campus full time or at times when their subjects are being offered.

A tour on January 22 was attended by more than 30 students and parents keen to learn more about the course and facilities at Muresk Institute.

For further information please call 9622 6789 or email agribusiness@cyoc.wa.edu.au

TOP: Local students (L-R) Matthew Reynolds (York), Emily Miller (Beverley)  and Courtney Humphrey (York) during the first tour of the campus at Muresk Institute on December 11 last year.

BELOW: Students and their parents in the newly renovated student common room at Muresk Institute during a campus tour on January 22.