Phillip Institute of Technology

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Phillip Institute of Technology (PIT) was a northern Melbourne tertiary college from 6 January 1982 to 30 June 1992. It then became part of RMIT. The college's buildings formed RMIT's Bundoora Campus (now Bundoora West Campus) and Coburg Campus (closed in 1997, with the site since being a series of secondary and primary schools).[1][2]

The Preston Technical School was established on St Georges Rd in Preston in 1937. It later become known as the Preston Technical College, then Preston Institute of Technology (PIT). In 1964, it began to deliver diplomas.[3] By the end of the 60's it offered diplomas in arts, commerce, business and engineering. In 1973 the diploma component of the institute moved to part of the Bundoora Police Paddock, and closed its engineering faculty. The trade qualification part of the school remained in Preston and is now a major part of Melbourne Polytechnic. PIT was a well known as an art school in the 1970s and 80s.

In 1959, the Coburg Teachers' College was established on part of the site of the Pentridge Prison farm,[4] offering diploma training for primary school teachers. This college become the "State College of Victoria at Coburg" in 1973, and expanded its instruction to include other welfare-related diplomas. In 1978, it began to deliver a Bachelor of Education.[5]

Phillip Institute of Technology was created on 6 January 1982, as an amalgamation of the State College of Victoria at Coburg and the Preston Institute of Technology in Bundoora.[6]

Philip Institute was the first Australian educational institution to offer training at undergraduate and post-graduate levels for youth workers and professionals engaged in youth affairs administration and policy development.[7]

Concetta Benn was head of the school of Social Work from 1982–1983.[8]

In 1987, PIT became self-accrediting.

Phillip Institute of Technology was amalgamated into RMIT University on July 1, 1992. The Institute produced 14,156 graduates during its 10-year stint.[9]

Further details and history can be found in the book A decade of achievement: Phillip Institute of Technology, in which Brian Carroll outlines the history of the institute between 1982 and 1992.[10]


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  7. ^ Denhoim, Carey; Peter Ling (1990). "Australian Child and Youth Care: Developments in Education and Training". Journal of Child and Youth Care. 4 (4). Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 28 Mar 2011.
  8. ^ "Victorian Women's Honour Roll" (PDF). Victorian Government. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
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  10. ^ Carroll, Brian (1995). A decade of achievement : Phillip Institute of Technology. Abbotsford, Vic.: RMIT Press. p. 218. ISBN 0-7306-8752-X.