New merit program grows Agriculture at Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University has given students from Sydney High School’s the opportunity to get ahead in their Agriculture careers through the Growing Agriculture Exceptional Merit Pathway (EMP) project.

Taught over two school terms, The EMP program develops the diverse knowledge and skills base of the agricultural industry and guides students in the completion of theory and practical fieldwork tasks. Nine schools participated in the orientation workshop which was organised by the School of Science and Health.

Among the schools who attended the orientation last week was Xavier College, Jamison High School and Elizabeth Macarthur High School, which had the highest number of participating students.

By the end of the program, students delivered a major project and e-portfolio as evidence of their learning and achievement of key learning outcomes.

Students who successfully met requirements of the assessment criteria received a formal early offer to study a Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security degree at Western Sydney University upon completion of their HSC

Students were also given a guided tour of Western Sydney University’s cutting-edge research facilities and teaching spaces such as the world-class greenhouse facility, University farm and Animal Science laboratories.

Exceptional Merit Pathway Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Animal Science with the School of Science and Health, Dr Edward Narayan congratulated the outstanding work of the schools and all the teachers involved.

"The University world presents students—especially first-years— with unique opportunities and through the EMP high school’s engagement program we are able to provide the rare window for transition of the brightest Sydney school students into WSU’s Agriculture program,” says Dr Narayan.

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18 September 2018

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