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New scholarships for study at Dookie campus and Hume region

The University of Melbourne is offering twelve scholarships of $5000 each for the Diploma in General Studies which will be based at the Dookie campus near Shepparton, and four other locations in the Hume region from 2013.

The Diploma in General Studies provides an opportunity to study Science, Commerce, Environments or Agriculture as a sampler of the Melbourne Bachelor Degrees and earn a qualification from the University of Melbourne,consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and currently ranked number one in Australia*.

The course will be delivered at the Dookie campus in partnership with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and Wodonga Institute of TAFE in Benalla, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Wodonga providing access to local campuses and industry mentoring.

The University of Melbourne is offering twelve scholarships of $5000 each, including two awards for students of indigenous background, towards study and travel costs.

The second and final round for application deadline is Friday 8 February 2013 and details can be found at http://www.dookie.unimelb.edu.au/generalstudies/  First round applications closed on 24 December 2012.

Direct entry applications will be accepted for the 2013 academic year so students can apply for admission to the Diploma in General Studies in addition to VTAC preferences by submitting an application directly to the University of Melbourne.

The Diploma in General Studies is partly funded by the Victorian Government’s Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund and aims to provide students with their first experience of tertiary study in the Hume region where they can be closer to home, family and friends.

The Diploma is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time course.

The aim of the Diploma in General Studies is to provide a taste of what studying a Melbourne Bachelor Degree is like said Professor Richard James, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Participation and Engagement) and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

“This gives students a year to experience study and a stepping stone to a meaningful outcome whether that is employment, or further study in a University of Melbourne degree or TAFE program,” Professor James said.

“Students will have the chance to try new subjects, pursue an interest, or undertake prerequisite subjects they missed out on at school, and will be given support and advice to select subjects that are the best fit with their goals.”

The flexibility of the course allows students to make their own living arrangements, including low-cost accommodation available at Dookie campus.

* Academic Ranking of World Universities 2011 and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012.

Source: The University of Melbourne http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/new-scholarships-study-dookie-campus-and-hume-region