SA’s biggest universities to make a super uni

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By Joshua Boscaini  | @j_boscaini

South Australia’s two largest universities have announced they are looking at merging.

The Chancellors of the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia have teamed up to explore the possible benefits of a merger.

In an email to University of South Australia students this morning, Vice-Chancellor David Lloyd said there will be a six month consultation period.

“We’ll be consulting with a range of people and working to put together a report that considers the opportunities and challenges that a merger might offer,” Mr Lloyd said.

“The process will provide lots of opportunity for anyone, students or other interested individuals, to contribute an opinion or view,” he said.

Lloyd said there is no impact on studies or programs which students are enrolled.

In a statement, Premier Steven Marshall congratulated the move.

“I applaud the universities of Adelaide and South Australia for their courage in addressing this long-standing issue,” Mr Marshall said.

“No matter what the outcome of this process, their intention to work together shows that both institutions have the best interests of South Australia and it’s prosperity at heart,” he said.

A joint statement from the Chancellors said the landscapes of higher education is “rapidly changing” and uniting the two universities would respond to those changes.

Little else is known of what the outcome of the merge would look like at this time, but information given by both universities hint at combining the uses of North Terrace campuses.

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