City students jump aboard agriculture bandwagon

Degrees in agriculture are on offer at many universities in Victoria, and students from cities are matching country students in enrolments, according to postcode data analysed by information provider Good Education Group. 

“The Good Universities Guide estimates bachelor degrees in agriculture are split roughly half and half between students from the countryside and students from metropolitan areas,” Good Education Group CEO Chris Lester said.

According to the National Farmers’ Federation, recent statistics show that for every agricultural graduate these days, there are 2.5 jobs available to choose from. So should we really be surprised city kids want a few of them?

Mr Lester said University of Melbourne leads Victorian institutions in enrolments in agriculture-related studies, with 360 students. But seven other Victorian universities offer agriculture-related degrees, as do colleges such as Marcus Oldham, with 239 students in agriculture-related courses, and Longerenong College.

“Agriculture is worth more than $200 billion and offers over 4000 jobs a year for tertiary-trained employees,” he said. “This is a fact that city universities are all aware of.”

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This article originally appeared in The Weekly Times – VCE options: City students jump aboard agriculture bandwagon

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