Creation of New Entity Announced
A message from CIT Chief Executive Adrian Marron
On Friday 16 December 2011 ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the ACT Minister for Education and Training Dr Chris Bourke announced the decision to create the University of Canberra Institute of Technology (UCIT), a new entity that will supplement CIT and the University of Canberra in the ACT tertiary education sector.
UCIT replaces the Bradley Report recommendation regarding a UC-CIT merger. Instead, CIT and UC will jointly create and control this new third entity which will focus on the collaborative delivery of agreed associate degree, advanced diploma and diploma (AQF 5 and 6) programs.
It is planned that 2012 will be a planning year, with much work needing to be done, and some new students are expected to commence studies at UCIT in early 2013. UCITís executive office will be housed on UCís Bruce campus, and UC Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker has indicated that UCIT will replace UC's polytechnic institution, and be supported by the Commonwealth Governmentís Structural Adjustment Fund.
For CIT, 2012 will be a year of business as usual as the mechanisms and validation for creating UCIT are determined. During 2012 I will issue updates on how the UCIT process is evolving, however it is important for you to understand that CIT and UC will continue to exist as separate institutions into the future. UCIT will be a new joint-entity, designed to exploit the rising demand for, and opportunities to innovate in, AQF 5 and 6 programs.