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Students win when south meets west

Mt. Gambier's blue lakeFor the first time this year 80 students will be studying full degree programs with UniSA in Mt Gambier.

The UniSA Mt Gambier project administered through UniSA's specialist regional campus at Whyalla and led by its Director of Regional Engagement Professor Len Pullin, has been a resounding success.

Professor Pullin says the demand for places in business, social work and nursing programs was very strong.

"We have filled all of our places in this first year of the project which is proof positive that there was a real need here to be met," Professor Pullin said.

"That success is due in no small part to the tremendous support from the Mt Gambier community and the steering committee working to make this happen."

The steering committee overseeing the development of the UniSA offerings in Mt Gambier included the Grant District Council, the City of Mount Gambier, the South East Education and Training Association, the South East Area Consultative Committee, the Limestone Coast Regional Development Board, South East TAFE and the South East TAFE Council.

Professor Pullin said the enthusiasm for these new opportunities to study in regional SA was an indicator that the program had a bright future.

"We are here for the long haul and I am delighted that we have had such a confident beginning," he said.

Students will begin their studies in February.