Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Engineering program gives Bundy community a boost

Last week we officially launched the first year Engineering program in Bundaberg. This launch comes after much campaigning by the local community to establish an engineering program in Bundaberg.

In its foundation year the signs are extremely positive, with the program already attracting comparative numbers of students to the established programs in Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone. If this momentum keeps up I am confident we can further build on this program in the years to come.

I think it’s great when regional universities can offer popular programs like engineering because it means kids can grow up, go to school and then go to university in their hometown. This benefits students as they have the opportunity of staying close to their support networks and living at home while they study.

Bundaberg Head of Campus Philip Clift addresses a strong crowd 
at the launch of Bundaberg Engineering Program. 

As I have also said many times before students who study local are also more likely to stay local, meaning the whole community will eventually benefit as these students apply their skills to local challenges.

Good luck to all of our foundation engineering students in Bundaberg this year. I am sure with the support of your family and friends behind you will be able to achieve great things.

Thank you also to the Bundaberg community including the local Council, high schools and industry groups who were all instrumental in allowing CQUniversity to get this program off the ground. 

Engineering lecturer Ben Taylor shows guests around the 
innovative engineering studio at the Bundaberg campus. 

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