Muswellbrook Tertiary Education Center aims to boost regional collaboration and entrepreneurship | The Daily Leader of the North

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A NEW innovation space being built next to the Muswellbrook Tertiary Education Center is expected to foster regional entrepreneurship and collaboration. The higher education center opened in 2016 and includes Newcastle Upper Hunter University and TAFE. Professor Alan Broadfoot, senior manager of the research division that oversees UON Upper Hunter, said the innovation center would be a valuable addition. Also read: “There will be an overlap between what they are doing in spin-offs in the region and where we are going to be next door, where we can host researchers to work with them, that is the next phase”, he added. noted. “They are looking at engaging with schools…students can experience and understand the concept of innovation and can be attracted to certain science and engineering skills.” Professor Broadfoot said UON Upper Hunter was a “node” of the university and a “dynamic, needs-driven space”, comprising 12 workstations, a meeting room and a training room. He said about 1,500 people use the space each year. The node serves as the foundation for undergraduate and postgraduate students completing work-integrated learning and research, in areas such as resource extraction from waste, food research, and rehabilitation of mined lands. Prof Broadfoot said the UON was also working with industry on local projects, including establishing a second-generation biofuel facility, Ethtec. The node also facilitates greater engagement between UON and the community by supporting HunterWiSE, which aims to increase the number of girls and women in STEM, the Family Action Center, and Uni4You, which encourages enrollment in UON pathway programs. Want more local news? Subscribe to the Leader to read it here first “I’ve always seen education as a way of giving choice, generational choice is different,” Professor Broadfoot said. He said the biggest challenges for the world were energy, food and water security and resource sustainability. He said workers in power stations and mines would be able to adapt their skills to the new energy economy and that farming and food processing could be revived as agriculture was displaced from Sydney. He said there were also opportunities in water security, tourism and the wine and horse industries. He said it was vital to provide employment choice in the region and that it was important that the current skills shortage “does not hamper our ability to take advantage of current economic conditions”. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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