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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 for ou r un i vers i ty. I hope that, at some stage in the future, a 1 itt 1 e common sense will prevail and we will start working together. The un i vers i ty forms part of a very important network throughout Austra 1 i a and iti sal so ab 1 e to form a part of the network throughout thi s regi on. It is time that we received full acknowledgement in that quarter. We have also the Menzies School of Health Research, another initiative which was pursued by this government. It will encourage people to come to the Northern Terri tory as well. Through the Department of Educat ion, we have developed the Northern Territory Open College, which is responsible for the Correspondence School. The Northern Territory Rural Co 11 ege and the Alice Springs College of TAFE also play important roles. Through those institutions, we have been able to create an environment in which people see that the Northern Territory offers a range of wonderful opportunities in higher educat i on. Peop 1 e are comi ng to the Terri tory to take up those opportunit i es. Th i s 1 atest contract adds to many other success stori es which have involved the institutions under my control. One of the elements which draws the Northern Territory to the attention of other parts of Australia and of the world is the people who head the various institutions and departments. Professor Malcolm Nairn is well known. He h as some wonderfu 1 ideas wh i ch I hope it wi 11 be pos sib 1 e to develop over the coming years. The Director of the Menzies School of Health Research, Professor John 'Matthews, is acknowl edged throughout the worl d as an expert in his field. Mr Geoff Spring of the Department of Education is well known for his ability to get things done. All of those people whom I have mentioned have the desire to promote their institutions as places of excellence. Many courses and developments indicate clearly that those people have been most successful. The Northern Territory University is going from strength to strength. Members are aware of the increase in student numbers th i s year, but it goes much further than that. The Northern Territory University has been developing its profile and promoting its courses with a great deal of success. This year has seen a 45% increase in the number of oversea~ full fee paying students - from 134 in 1989 to 190 in 1990. There has been a 60% increase in numbers of overseas students undertak i ng Eng 1 ish 1 anguage courses at the Northern Territory University - from 48 in 1989 to more than 60 in 1990. The number of international students undertaking short courses has increased by '60% also, although some courses are sti 11 to be conducted. By the end of this year, the numbers are likely to have doubled. From 1 September, the un i vers ity wi 11 appoi nt a representat i ve in Jakarta, within the office of the Indonesian Australian Language Foundation, to assist with enrolments. ~ext year, the university expects to expand the training course it conducts under the auspices of the Asia Pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development. The course caters for students from throughout South-east Asia and the South Pacific. The Northern Territory University has been successful too in attracting research dollars. Recently, the Northern Territory Univers ity made successful bids for 2 major language research grants. The first is a project of national significance to investigate the preparation of teachers for teach i ng Eng 1 i sh 1 anguage 1 iteracy, both" as a fi rst and a second language. The I-year project has a budget of $270 000. The second project, with a budget of $55 750, is an Indonesian language project. The Northern Territory University is to collaborate with Flinders University in the development of the project, and a planning conference will be held at the Northern Territory University on 14 and 16 August. There are a number of 9887