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Melbourne University to scrap Australian Studies programme

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Posted by Mozo

Fewer Aussies may be likely to look at student banking options so they can do an Australian Studies course as Melbourne University has announced that it is scrapping the programme.

According to a review conducted in May last year, the number of students taking the Australian Studies subjects has fallen by 20 per cent since 2008.

The report claimed that the continuation of the course was no longer sustainable, but suggested alternatives that may prove more attractive to people heading into higher education.

Across the country, the review asserted, there has been a decline in the number of students opting to study the subject at university.

"Subjects which connect this country to the region and the world are more likely to draw numbers of non-arts students than those centred on the national narrative," it said.

Among those it suggested may attract individuals using student banking services was Australian environmental history.

This comes after Rod Jones, chief executive of bridging courses for international students Navitas, told the Australian that the demand for higher education courses in the country is still high.

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