CBR universities collaborate to deliver Joint Double Degree
A history of collaboration between Canberra's two leading universities took a step further today with the announcement of a new Australian National University (ANU) and University of Canberra (UC) double degree to help science students get into teaching more easily, quickly and cheaply.
From 2016, final year Bachelor of Science (BSc) students from ANU will be able to study for a Master of Teaching (MTeach) from the University of Canberra at the same time, with final-year classes credited for both awards. The combined course will allow students to gain their science and teaching qualifications six months earlier than it would take to do the courses separately.
The tertiary education sector is crucial to the Canberra economy as we strive to become the knowledge capital of Australia. The ACT Government’s business strategy, Confident & Business Ready: Building on Our Strengths, acknowledges the value of ANU, UC and our other higher education and research institutions in attracting students to Canberra. Higher education contributes $2.7 billion per annum to Canberra’s economy, with one in every nine Canberrans either studying or employed in the sector.
Teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills will provide our future workforce with the strong scientific and technical skills necessary to meet our goal of growing and diversifying Canberra’s economy.This degree will help students kick-start their careers in science teaching, as well as helping Australia to address the growing need for more science teachers as the economy continues to modernise.
I congratulate the ANU and UC on this collaboration, which will position Canberra as a leader in the 21st Century knowledge economy.