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ACU to gain from Sydney Uni nurse training decision

The University of Sydney will stop accepting nursing students from next year, with future undergraduates being transferred to the the Australian Catholic University and the University of Technology Sydney.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the move comes as the University of Sydney aggressively moves to increase revenue by raising fees in most other areas by a quarter. Nursing is one of only two faculties where fee rises are banned in order to attract new students.

The proposal is now before the Department of Education and an announcement expected within days.

Professor Don Nutbeam, a pro-vice-chancellor and the head of health sciences at the University of Sydney, said last night the plans were made in the wake of reforms this year by the Education Minister, Brendan Nelson, that encouraged universities to "concentrate on their strengths".

Top uni dumps nurse training (Sydney Morning Herald 9/6/04)

University of Sydney Faculty of Nursing
Australian Catholic University Health Sciences

9 Jun 2004