A University of Western Melbourne - discussion paper

McLaren, John (1989) A University of Western Melbourne - discussion paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


This paper discusses the need for a university in the western suburbs of Melbourne. As the western suburbs have distinctive cultural, ethnic, social and economic characteristics, interaction of a university with these characteristics would enable their fuller potential to be realised to the advantage of both the people of the west and the larger community. Tertiary level study is already provided in the west by Footscray Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Western Institute, however these institutions are no generally perceived as equal to traditional universities and larger institutions such as Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). This leads to the diversion of the most able students to other regions. The objections to having a completely new university on other hand are based around the premise that tertiary level study is already provided in the west by FIT and the Western Institute and it would be preferable to develop these existing institutions rather than duplicate them or incorporate them in a new foundation.

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Text of a discussion paper which was never published.

Item type Other
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17051
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > Collections > McLaren Papers
Keywords higher education, educational institutions, tertiary education, Australian universities, Footscray Institute of Technology, Western Institute, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, science, technology, business, management, humanities, curriculum, fundamental research, developmental research, Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, Association of Commonwealth Universities, MCLAREN-BOXB1-DOC14
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