Prof Phil Hynd, Department of Animal Science, The University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus, Roseworthy, SA
The Wool CRC had a very comprehensive education program based on five interrelated projects that dealt with major facets of education in the industry. When this CRC was being planned, the judgement was that education was a vital but relatively poorly serviced part of what is a very complex industry. The development of a stronger scientific base and wider understanding of the issues challenging each of the sectors of the industry was major goal of the CRC at that time. This goal was reinforced and restated many times once the CRC commenced operations.
To develop the resources of the CRC into an integrated academic network, specialising in education and training at all levels and for all sectors of the wool industry. This network will see the CRC combining with universities, TAFE, CSIRO and Departments of Agriculture, as appropriate. It will utilise modern technology in local and distance communication to deliver the education and training programs Australia-wide.
Expansion of the opportunities for post graduate training (MSc and PhD) by utilising the personnel and infrastructure resources of the CRC parties.Development of new undergraduate courses in Wool Science at each of the three participating universities to provide skilled manpower for the Australian wool industry.
Development and delivery of short-term courses leading to diplomas, certificates or other recognition, which will be targeted to upgrade and broaden the skills of those responsible for providing advice and training to producers, processors and others in the wool industry.
Development and delivery, in collaboration with AUSAID, The Woolmark Company and other agencies, of advanced level courses for overseas wool industry educators and trainers to strengthen the world-wide recognition of wool as a quality apparel fibre.
Publish a Centre Newsletter and Bulletins through which the Centre will communicate its research findings and information to the wool industry.