THE merged entity of the Monash University Gippsland campus and the University of Ballarat will be known as Federation University Australia.
Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall on Thursday introduced legislation to amend the University of Ballarat Act 2010, to change the name of the university to Federation University Australia from January 1, 2014.
“The Chancellor of the University of Ballarat recently wrote to me requesting amendments to their Act. I am delighted the Victorian Coalition Government has supported that request,” Me Hall said.
“The new name is reflective of the broad regional focus of the university.”
In addition to three campuses in Ballarat, the University has campuses in Horsham, Stawell and Ararat and leads a partnership with regional TAFEs delivering a suite of degrees across the breadth of Victoria.
“Since 1994, the University of Ballarat has evolved from being a small, single campus, higher education provider located exclusively at Mt Helen, to a multi-sector, multi-campus, and multi-locational institution,” Mr Hall said.
“The university will be further strengthened if the Federal Government approves the proposal for Monash University’s Gippsland Campus to become part of the university and provide a further major higher education campus.”
University of Ballarat chancellor Dr Paul Hemming said a new name for the university would be of great benefit for recruitment, regional reach and marketability.
“This new name will reflect the partnerships, collaboration and co-operation among a federated network of campuses in regional Victoria which collectively provide a new and different Australian University that is regional in focus, national in scope and international in reach,” he said.
The amending bill before the parliament as well as renaming Ballarat to become Federation University Australia, provides an ability for existing Ballarat University students to complete their course under either the Ballarat University or Federation University Australia banner.