Charles Sturt University in Australia has decided to close its three inner-city centres to attract more international students to regional centres including Bathurst. The university has confirmed that it will not be extending the 25-year agreement with Study Group Australia which includes study centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The metro centres where around 70% of international students of CSU conduct their studies will be shut by the end of 2022.
CSU’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, community and global engagement Tom Burton said that the decision was taken to initiate a new strategy that focuses on expanding the network of regional campuses and Bathurst, which includes Orange, Dubbo, Albury, Wagga and Port Macquarie. He said that CSU will try to attract future international students and researchers out to the regional campuses.
Burton said that the CSU wish to work with the community and employers broadly to deliver a fantastic experience in the region and is excited to bring bright international minds to regional Charles Sturt campuses. According to him, this initiative will also contribute to the regional economies directly and indirectly.
Tom Burton confirmed that the 1500 international students enrolled at the centres will be permitted to complete their studies through a teach-out process.
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About Charles Sturt University
Founded in 1895, the Charles Sturt University is a public university located in New South Wales. The campuses are located in multiple fastest-growing regional cities in Australia. CSU also has various campuses to offer specialist courses like theology, education and policing. The study centre of CSU in Sydney, Melbourn and Brisbane shall be closed by 2022 to attract more international students to the regional campuses.