An Online Community of Learners in Rural, Regional, and Remote Australia
Many rural, regional and remote areas of Australia have struggled with environmental degradation for some time. At the same time, it has been a challenge to maintain regional development and environmental management professionals in the field because of a concern for lack of professional support and a dearth of opportunities to formally upgrade professional skills. The Institute for Regional Development at the University of Western Australia has developed an online post-graduate program that offers opportunities for professionals to remain in their communities while also upgrading their professional qualifications. The unexpected benefit of the program has been a nationally based network of students working in the area who are openly discussing issues and working together to find solutions to environmental problems irrespective of location.
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