Training the Plant Propagator—A Burnley College Perspective
Burnley College is a specialist institution providing training and education in urban/amenity horticulture. It is currently affiliated with the University of Melbourne's faculty of Agriculture, Forestry & Horticulture as part of the Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture. Burnley has been training students in horticulture for some 100 years. This long history, as well as our combination of higher education and TAFE (Technical and Further Education) programs gives us a perspective on horticultural education which is unusual.
In the 16 years since Burnley's programs were last discussed at an I.P.P.S. Conference (1980 Australian Region) much has altered. We now provide training beyond diploma level and have a much wider range of courses on offer. We have been offering a degree (B.App.Sci.[Hort]) since 1985 and a postgraduate research degree (M.App.Sci.[Hort]) since 1992. This provides the horticulture industry in Victoria and Australia with the opportunity of employing
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