Tertiary education and skills training in the region is provided through the University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus, TAFE NSW Central Coast Campuses and the Central Coast Community College, all of which work closely with industry and the business community to develop customised courses to satisfy specific workplace needs.
The Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah is the region’s education hub. It is a unique 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’s Central Coast campus at Ourimbah celebrated 30 years of world-class teaching, learning and research in 2019.
Their broad range of undergraduate degrees and postgraduate and higher degree by research programmes engage with local industry partners, embedding learning with hands on experience.
Specialist programmes in Oral Health Therapy, Podiatry, Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Exercise and Sports Science are only offered on the Central Coast.
In 2020, the University is expanding these offerings to include a Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science and an innovative Bachelor of Public and Community Health. Other disciplines offered by the University at Ourimbah include education, nursing, business, commerce, IT, social work and humanities.
A face-to-face Master of Business Administration, delivered in the Gosford CBD, supports the development of local professionals in the areas of Health Services Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Applied Finance.
Supporting regional innovation and entrepreneurship, and responding to the needs of industry and business is a cornerstone of the University vision for a Health and Innovation Hub in Gosford. The University has secured $18 million in Federal government funding for the Hub, which will stimulate market demand for supporting businesses and services, develop more opportunities for University researchers to collaborate with industry and support the further development of the region’s graduate workforce.
The University remains committed to its vision for an integrated multi-campus presence on the Central Coast.
Vice Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky said, “Our strategy begins with the opening of the Central Coast Clinical School and Research Institute in 2021 and will continue with a staged approach to delivering a dedicated academic facility in Gosford.
“These initiatives, together with a reimagined Ourimbah campus, reinforce our leadership for enabling equitable access to higher education, and as a priority industry partner for research, innovation and the student experience.”
“This integrated multi-campus strategy supports our position as the preferred higher education destination for students on the Central Coast, and the core community and industry partner for transforming the region. Together with our campus partners, TAFE NSW and the Central Coast Community College, we offer pathways which are vital to the region, providing social, educational and aspirational ambition to the community.”
University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky
TAFE NSW operates campuses at Gosford, Wyong and Ourimbah with many courses being pathways into the University of Newcastle.
On the Ourimbah Campus TAFE offers courses in: Business Administration, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Commercial Cookery, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, Construction, Carpentry, Horticulture, Metal Trades, Plumbing and Electrical Trades.
TAFE’s Gosford and Wyong Campuses also offer a wide variety of courses.
The Central Coast Community College is located on the Ourimbah Campus providing pathways to employment, career advancement and career changes. Many of the courses offered by the College lead to pathways into TAFE and University of Newcastle studies. Through its well-developed industry networks and partnerships in their signature specialisations of Business & Finance, Community Services, Fitness, Health & Beauty, Technology Skills, Tourism & Hospitality, and Work, Health & Safety.
These strong industry connections mean that they are able to offer students coordinated work placements and valuable links to future employment possibilities.