CQU prepares for double life
NOW is the time "the rubber hits the road" on the CQUniversity-CQ TAFE merger, according to Professor Scott Bowman.
The university's vice-chancellor said a mountain of work was being done before the state's first dual sector university came into effect on July 1.
The complete university would offer programs and courses ranging from pre-apprenticeship to doctorate level.
Prof Bowman said the parallel pathways would provide more rounded graduates.
He offered the example of a drama student learning manual arts skills who, when not on stage, could be building sets for the next production.
"We are going to have graduates who are much more attractive in the workplace," he said.
"We do very well as it is but this will make them even more employable."
Recent figures showed that CQUniversity graduates have one of the highest employability rates in the country.
As well as producing much-in-demand graduates, CQUniversity is one of the biggest employers in the Rockhampton region.
It employs 1500 people.
That figure will grow to almost 2000 with the upcoming merger.
"It is one of the things that helps drive the local economy," Prof Bowman said. "It is also brings new talent to the region from interstate and overseas."
Support and grow all industries to increase our economic diversity
The CQUniversity dual sector approach to post-school education will transform the way local industries are supplied with well rounded graduates and trainees who are far better equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of this unique economic zone
Maximise job opportunities for our locals and new residents by offering flexible training to meet skills demands
- Source: Capricorn Enterprise