Now in its 29th year, The Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah is the region’s education hub. It is a multi-sector campus shared by the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW and the Central Coast Community College, focussed on providing opportunity for people of all ages, and from all backgrounds to use tertiary education as a springboard to achieve professional success without having to leave the Central Coast.
The University of Newcastle (UON) is a research-intensive University focused on improving the quality of life in our regions and around the globe. Ranked 214 of the world's universities, UON universities students and staff pursue innovative solutions to the world’s great challenges.
UON offers 18 undergraduate degrees, and a range of postgraduate and higher degree by research programs, supported by world-class teachers and researchers. Of these programs, Oral Health Therapy, Podiatry, Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Exercise and Sports Science are exclusively offered on the Central Coast. Exclusive majors in Marine Science and Sustainable Resource Management are offered to students studying the UON Bachelor of Science program at Ourimbah. Other disciplines offered by UON at Ourimbah include education, nursing, business, commerce and humanities.
In further support of regional business and economic growth, and in collaboration with regional leaders, UON is extending its research capability and educational offerings and presence particularly in the areas of food and health. From 2018, UON is offering a face-to-face Master of Business Administration at Gosford. With courses tailored to help accelerate the careers of local professionals, specialisations include Health Services Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Applied Finance. The Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute (CCMSRI), under construction opposite Gosford Hospital, is a collaboration between UON and the Central Coast Local Health District and will be a driver of better health and wellbeing outcomes for the region and through a focus on patient-centred, or integrated health care. CCMSRI will also help attract new and innovative investment to the region, and seed degrees to skill the health workforce of the future.
TAFE NSW operates campuses at Gosford, Wyong and Ourimbah with many courses being pathways into university degrees.