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New university short courses to retrain jobless workers

Australian universities are reinventing themselves with a new series of short courses to help retrain people who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Anna Patty for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Western Sydney University, the University of Wollongong, Australian Catholic University and the Australian National University are among institutions introducing the courses that include higher education certificates for displaced workers.

A Macquarie University spokeswoman said it was finalising a range of higher education certificate courses in areas including engineering, IT, biotechnology, environment, health and science at sub-bachelor, bachelor and postgraduate levels. The University of Sydney said it was expecting to offer up to 10 courses at the graduate certificate level in a range of subjects – including infection and immunity, IT, educational leadership, urban planning and environmental science, while UNSW said it will offer eight short courses in terms two and three in areas including engineering, computing, environmental management, construction project management and education. Western Sydney University said it would offer intensive short courses online to “rapidly up-skill and re-skill displaced workers and contribute to areas of national workforce need”.
Full report on The Sydney Morning Herald site


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