Dookie receives 18 Destination Australia program scholarships

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS) has been awarded funding to provide 18 Destination Australia Scholarships at its Dookie campus by the Australian Department of Education.

The Destination Australia Program was established in March 2019 to attract and support international and domestic students to study in regional Australia, to grow and develop regional Australian tertiary education providers and offer students a high quality learning experience.

The Faculty will offer 15 scholarships for students commencing the Diploma of General Studies – a one-year full-time program, based at Dookie campus, that acts as a pathway into University of Melbourne degrees in agriculture, biomedicine, commerce, design and science – and three scholarships for international PhD candidates commencing in 2020 and based at Dookie.

At the value of $15,000 per year, these scholarships will provide students with the opportunity to experience exceptional study programs in a regional area that is crucial to the agricultural production and development of Victoria and Australia.

Dookie Campus Director Ros Gall said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to support and encourage students who might not have the chance to study at Dookie, and we know that students who study at Dookie are far more likely to seek regional careers – building capacity and contributing to the economic viability of regional Australia.”

The Faculty has a longstanding history of offering world-class education at its regional campus in the Goulburn Valley area, with a focus on agricultural growth and sustainability. The Destination Australia scholarships will enable the Faculty to attract new students to Dookie and grow research output at the campus, further strengthening the Faculty’s ties to the Goulburn Valley area and our commitment to regional Australian life.

Dookie campus is a 2,440-hectare agricultural facility located near the towns of Shepparton and Benalla in Victoria, Australia. The study and research that takes place at Dookie campus tackles the challenges surrounding climate change, declining environmental health, food production and population growth by developing technology and practice in the field of agriculture and veterinary science. These scholarships will provide skills and education to tomorrow’s leaders in the areas of sustainability, growth and climate change.

Further information on eligibility criteria and the application process will be available soon in the ‘Scholarships’ section on the FVAS website.

Media enquiries: Beth Barber | beth.barber@unimelb.edu.au