The Federal and Territory Governments have announced a $26 million funding boost to the University of Canberra in a bid to help it offer more courses, new entry pathways and access to the latest technologies.


Federal Minister for Science and Innovation, Senator Chris Evans, was joined by ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, in making the announcement at the UC campus earlier this week.


Senator Evans said the funding boost forms part of the Government’s commitment to removing barriers to accessing tertiary education.


"Students with lower entry qualifications will be supported to achieve their potential with specialised pathways to bachelor degrees, as well as enabling programs offered through study hubs to be created in regional New South Wales,” Senator Evans said.


The funding will be used to assist UC in redesigning its programs and incorporating the latest learning technologies, according to Senator Evans.


"Working with the Canberra Institute of Technology, the University will develop pathways to university and develop new qualifications to give students more options for a rewarding career,” Senator Evans said.


The funding forms part of the Federal Government’s $377 million Structural Adjustment Fund, which aims to allocate funding to higher education institutions in regional and outer metropolitan areas in their bid to modernise.