SENATOR SUPPORTS
DEGREE AT MURESK

The Muresk Institute has had a visit from a strong supporter of the return of an agriculture based degree to Muresk.

On January 24, Senator Chris Back met with Managing Director of C Y O'Connor Institute, Mr John Scott and Director of the Institute's Higher Education Project, Dr Christine Storer to discuss delivery of Charles Sturt University’s Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Muresk Institute starting in March .

Senator Chris Back has long been an advocate of a course being delivered at Muresk and welcomed news that the minimum number of enrolments had been reached and were set to increase over the next few weeks.

Before his election to parliament, the Senator from WA was a member of the teaching staff at Muresk and believes strongly in the need for an agricultural degree program at the Institute.

He said the world was concerned about food security and Australia needed to focus its role as a producer, especially within its region. "In 2050 there will be an extra 1.9 billion people in the world and the majority of them will be living in our region. "Muresk was the first Institute in Australasia to see this need and has in the past contributed high quality graduates to the industry. The CSU degree provides an opportunity for it to continue in this role and produce graduates that are in high demand," Senator Back said.

“The Muresk degree provides academic learning in a location where students get dirt on their boots, something that is hard to do on a city based campus. "Farmers are acutely aware of the skills needed to market their produce. "Future farmers will need even greater knowledge and skills when dealing in the global market," he said

During his visit Senator Back also discussed support for students in the form of scholarships and strategies to ensure the degree remains viable into the future.
Several industry based scholarships will be available to those enrolling for the degree before the course starts. “There has been strong industry support and input into the degree program and we hope to help our students network with industry professionals who will assist them with their future careers, ” Dr Storer said

"On January 22  the agribusiness team conducted a second tour of the  Muresk campus to provide future students and their families with an opportunity to see the facilities and meet staff. "The number of visitors who attended was encouraging and showed that demand and enrolments were likely to increase in the lead up to the start of teaching in early March," she said.

For information  about the course contact the agribusiness team on 9622 6789 or email agribusiness@cyoc.wa.edu.au.

ABOVE: Senator Chris Back (left) during his visit to Muresk with Director of the C Y O'Connor Institute Higher Education Project, Dr Christine Storer and Institute Managing Director of, Mr John Scott.