Western Sydney University helps students in Greater Western Sydney, including many talented women, achieve their educational and professional goals through a range of short online courses.
Developed in direct response to the Australian Government’s Higher Education Assistance Program during the pandemic, the online short courses or six-month undergraduate certificates continue to help students upskill and retrain .
Notably, 65% of students enrolled in Undergraduate Certificates at the College last year were women, with a large proportion of those students residing in Sydney’s Greater West.
Mary Ayoub, a resident of South West Sydney, is one of the students to benefit from her studies at the College.
Mary said she had been hesitant in the past to attempt a university qualification, but last year she found the courage and applied.
Building on her experience in the family business for many years, Mary has successfully completed an undergraduate certificate in business management and is currently in her first degree unit.
“Studying at university has had an impact on the way I see situations, rather than seeing limits as an obstacle, I have learned to see them as challenges to overcome.”
After earning an undergraduate certificate, Mary landed an exciting new position as a fraud analyst – a fast-paced role in which she feels constantly challenged.
“The role requires quick thinking and a cool head. I’ve been in this role for just over two months and I’m still pinching myself to land this amazing opportunity.
The Chief Executive of the College of Western Sydney University, Dr Nicolene Murdoch, said that as an anchor institution in the region, Western Sydney University is proud to offer students a range of pathways from high quality to help them achieve their goals.
“We are incredibly proud at the College that the Short Courses benefit a wide range of students across Greater Western Sydney, including a high number of women looking to take the next step in their careers,” said Dr Murdoch.