SEEK and Swinburne join forces
Date posted: Thursday 13 Jan 2011
SEEK Limited and Swinburne University of Technology today announced the formation of a new entity to deliver world-class online learning to Swinburne students.
The venture is a 50:50 partnership between SEEK and Swinburne to build an organisation that will deliver new online degrees specifically designed to meet the educational needs of working Australians. It will leverage SEEK’s online capabilities and Swinburne’s course content and academic quality control in a unique public-private partnership.
Joint CEO of SEEK, Andrew Bassat, believes that the venture is a great fit for SEEK’s education businesses. “It further proves the importance of the online channel in delivering access to quality education for Australians. Partnering with Swinburne means students will receive the best online education available,” he said.
According to Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young, by joining forces with SEEK, Swinburne has taken the first step to become the pre-eminent online learning provider in Australia.
“This joint venture will build on the university’s online capability and reputation for educational quality and seize a space that is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century.
“It will extend our reach in delivering education to students in a time and place that suits them, giving them access to a greater range of study options and unprecedented flexibility.”
Young said that the venture would also increase Swinburne’s overall capacity to deliver degrees.
"This will allow us to offer education to a larger cohort of students, fitting in with the Federal Government’s plan to lift caps on Commonwealth Supported Places in 2012.
“We will be much better placed to contribute to government goals to increase participation in higher education,” he said.
SEEK and Swinburne has each committed an initial investment of $5 million to the joint venture, with the first student intake scheduled for early 2012.