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Students Keen to Study in Canberra

By Ben Faulks

An increasing amount of students are heading to the ACT to study at the University of Canberra, which has seen a considerable rise in applications over recent times.

During the past three years alone, the institution has seen a 32.7 per cent increase in student numbers, revealed minister for higher education Katy Gallagher.

She noted that work is currently underway at a government level to make sure that Canberra is established as a national centre for excellence in education and research.

"Our key learning institutions, of which UC is one, will play a key role in training professionals of the future and a 32 per cent increase in student numbers, since 2009, is a good sign that we will have a strong and diverse pool of highly trained workers to draw on into the future," she commented.

With this rise in student numbers comes increased pressure on facilities in the ACT, especially as demand for Belconnen rentals and other properties is likely to rise.

Figures from the University of Canberra Annual Report show that 33 per cent of domestic students attending courses were from areas outside of the ACT and Queanbeyan.

Furthermore, there are currently more females than males studying at the university.

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