CURTIN University will offer an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Northam’s Muresk Institute from 2019.
The new course will provide flexible delivery modes including face to face teaching at Muresk and Curtin’s Bentley campus, augmented with relevant hands-on and practical experience.
Block teaching will also be considered as a means of addressing students’ seasonal work commitments associated with the farming sector.
Currently, 45 students are undertaking the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management course (BABM) delivered by Charles Sturt University with nine students enrolled in the course at the beginning of 2017.
Current students in the BABM will have no change to their course.
The Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Curtin University will be a two-year program and will be a pathway into the full Curtin University Bachelor of Agribusiness.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the agricultural industry offers the State an opportunity to diversify the economy to create more jobs.
“There will be no change to the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management course for current students and they will be fully supported to complete their course,” she said.
Curtin University vice chancellor Deborah Terry said they had a strong history and commitment to teaching and research in agriculture in WA and was focused on growing their agriculture research base, developing skills for the agriculture and food sectors and supporting growth within the sector.
“We see the delivery of the Associate Degree in Agribusiness as part of this commitment,” she said.