The university’s “Academic Guided Education” programme aims to “guidance the students in the course of their study and training by providing information and support to enable them to do their best”.
The scheme is the brainchild of Dr Chris Jones, the chief executive of the University of Melbourne.
He was speaking at the launch of the initiative, which was announced last week.
“It is my view that education is an essential component of any community and it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that students have the knowledge, skills and experience they need to succeed in the Australian workforce,” Dr Jones said.
The university’s curriculum is based on a combination of academic and practical guidance.
Its main aim is to prepare students to become highly productive workers, rather than a mere social outcast.
It provides students with practical and theoretical training in the area of business, social sciences, nursing and engineering.
A key focus is on the arts, which will be taught by Associate Professor of Art and Design and Associate Professor in Arts and Design.
They also provide a range of career and technical courses, such as advanced computer-aided design, professional development, and business and academic management.
Mr Jones said the university would also “support and facilitate” the growth of the industry.
Academic guidance would also provide support for students who are in the midst of a transition to a career, or who are planning to enter a career in another field.
This includes courses in business and marketing, accounting, financial management and other topics.
Prof Jones said his aim was to “empower students to take control of their careers”.
“Students are the primary influencers in shaping their careers,” he said.
“They have the opportunity to choose their career path and I want to ensure they have the information and skills they need.”
Mr Andrews said the plan had been in the works for a number of years.
There are a number options available to students, including courses from universities, colleges and vocational schools, but Prof Jones said it was the “biggest opportunity in the history of the university”.
He said the new initiative was designed to ensure students were “given the tools they need in order to be successful”.
Dr Jones said while the scheme was “a long way from the academic world”, it was part of a long-term vision to “build the best universities in Australia”.
In a statement, the university said it would work with “the industry to ensure this is achieved”.
A spokeswoman said the initiative would “help students to better prepare them for career success”.
She said the school’s mission would be to “enhance the knowledge and skills of our students so they are prepared to thrive in the workplace and to contribute to our communities”.