Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Jesse Godfrey0
UOW and St George Illawarra Team Up Again
The St George Illawarra Dragons and the University of Wollongong have recently extended their partnership until the end of 2020.
The Dragons and UOW, joined forces in 2009, with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to help with researching, scholarships, programs in the community and internships.
Dragons Chairman Brian Johnston, was glad to see them join forces once again, as he spoke to Dragons media:
“We are very proud to continue our formal association with the University of Wollongong, this extension is a significant positive for our organisation and the local community.”
“Having worked co-operatively together across a range of areas since 2009, the new MoU enables us to strengthen and further develop the opportunities and potential of the partnership for all involved.”
UOW Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, echoed this sentiment;
“The collaboration between our two organisations has increased over the years and this extension of the agreement opens further opportunities. Not just for the Dragons and UOW, but also for the wider community.”
The Dragons NRL Squad currently have 17 players enrolled at the University, as part of the Graduates of League program. The program started back in 2012, and this year, the University had their first postgraduate student, Dragons prop, Russell Packer. Former Dragons captain, Ben Creagh also went through the programparticipated in this program, with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2013.
“The Graduates of League program provides a powerful support network that ensures NRL Players reach their academic goals while still playing and training fulltime” Wellings added.
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, was also there at the announcement.
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