Friday, July 24, 2015

MOU spells out exciting future for Ag education in Queensland

Earlier today, I officially signed a memorandum of understanding with the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges. We were joined at this event by State Minister for Agriculture and local MP for Rockhampton, Bill Byrne.

CQUniversity is already recognised as one of Australia’s most outstanding universities for Agricultural Research and with this new MOU I believe our newly designed ag program will place us ahead of the pack when it comes to agricultural training and education.

The new Bachelor of Agriculture Degree was launched during Beef Week earlier this year and will see the first intake of students commence the program in Term 1, 2016. The design of this program allows students to explore all facets of agriculture from on the farm projects to technology and agribusiness. It allows students to gain experience in the field and will also connect them with industry mentors. All in all, this program will be Australia’s most hands-on agriculture degree program.

The MOU we signed today will help lay the foundations of the program because it will see our students and researchers being able to access the fantastic agricultural training facilities available at the QATC in Emerald and Longreach and will also provide QATC students with seamless pathways into further study at CQUni.

The milestone reached today is another exciting step in CQUniversity’s agriculture journey and will complement our existing partnership and MOU with Agforce that sees us providing pathways for school and vocational students. 

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