Melbourne’s newest educational destination was officially launched today by Melbourne Polytechnic CEO, Dr Andy Giddy, and the Hon. Peter Hall, MLC, Minister for Higher Education and Skills.
Situated on the site of the former Swinburne University Prahran campus, Melbourne Polytechnic is an exciting new educational brand operated by parent Institute, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). The Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran campus delivers certificate, diploma and degree programs across a wide range of creative, commercial and service industries.
"The establishment of Melbourne Polytechnic at Prahran opens up significant opportunities for the communities of central and south east Melbourne," said Melbourne Polytechnic CEO, Andy Giddy.
"We're very excited to be continuing the educational heritage of the Prahran site and look forward to delivering high quality and affordable vocational and higher education to the region."
Mr Hall said it is exciting for the Prahran, greater Melbourne and indeed Victorian community that Melbourne Polytechnic is opening its doors offering new opportunities for education through both vocational and tertiary courses in visual and performing arts.
“Melbourne Polytechnic is an example of an innovative and responsive approach to education that meets the needs of the community and industry and will be well placed in the vibrant and culturally diverse hub of Prahran to deliver its great variety of courses,” Mr Hall said.
“I am delighted the Victorian Government could play a supportive role in seeing the delivery of tertiary education continuing in Prahran and I wish Melbourne Polytechnic all the best as it supports new students into prosperous futures.”
The event was attended by students and staff plus a number of special guests including the Mayor of Stonnington - Cr Adrian Stubbs, Swinburne University Vice Chancellor – Linda Kristjanson, La Trobe University Vice Chancellor – John Dewar, plus representatives from Red Stitch Theatre Company, Gymnastics Victoria, National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and the Victorian Arts Centre.
Melbourne Polytechnic currently has around 80 programs on offer ranging from vocational certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas and a growing selection of higher education programs.
Students can choose from courses in design, visual arts, theatre arts, music performance, digital media, writing and editing, and photography plus studies in business, hospitality, beauty, community studies, and more.
“Enrolments at Melbourne Polytechnic are filling quickly in Music, Sound Production, Interior Decoration, and Pathology and we’re anticipating increasing growth across other programs over the course of 2014,” said Dr Giddy.
In addition to the opening of its Prahran campus, Melbourne Polytechnic has also committed to a new partnership with La Trobe University which will see La Trobe University programs delivered as part of the new Polytechnic. The first of these programs, The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, will be delivered at NMIT’s Epping campus although it is likely that La Trobe Programs will also be delivered through Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran campus into the future. The partnership with La Trobe is seen as central to the future success of the new Polytechnic.
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Melbourne Polytechnic is an exciting new educational brand operated by parent Institute, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). The Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran campus delivers certificate, diploma and degree programs across a wide range of creative, commercial and service industries.
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