Educational options and opportunities for ACT students are set to broaden following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and The Australian National University (ANU).
ANU and CIT already collaborate in the fields of engineering and science, whereby CIT students who have successfully completed CIT Associate Degrees have continued into internationally recognised degree programs offered by ANU.
Under the new agreement, the two institutions will maintain existing pathways and look towards opening new pathways from existing courses and co-develop new educational programs, enabling more students to continue their studies and professional development without the need to leave the ACT.
There are also opportunities for the two institutions to share resources, a practice already undertaken by ANU engineering students who visit CIT’s renewable energy training facilities to get hands-on learning with the latest green technology.
CIT Chief Executive Adrian Marron said the MOU signing was a significant event for education in the ACT.
“To be associated with Australia’s leading university is an excellent position for CIT,” he said.
“Developments such as this show the commitment to education in the Capital and shows both institutions are responding positively to the contemporary challenges of a new tertiary education era.”
ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO said the agreement will allow students from a greater diversity of backgrounds to access university education in the ACT.
“We are very pleased to be able to build on our long and successful relationship with CIT. CIT has a well-deserved reputation for educational excellence and our co-delivered Associate Degree has opened up university study to students who might have thought that university was beyond their reach,” he said.