CQUni set to expand its horizons in Western Australia
CQUNIVERSITY is looking to expand across Australia, with hopes for five new study centres in the next year on top of the five that have opened this year.
Today the Karratha Study Hub is being officially opened in Western Australia, following yesterday's official opening of a Perth Distance Education Study Centre.
The new sites will support distance education students in the area with face-to-face support and resources.
CQUniversity deputy vice-chancellor Hilary Winchester (pictured) yesterday said they had not decided where these new hubs would go, but were looking into thin regional markets where a full-scale campus would not be feasible.
"We're trying to increase the opportunity, because most of our students now are distance students, 56% … but they also want a bit of face-to-face possibility."
After meeting Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Prof Winchester also expressed her support for the deregulation of university fees, in line with CQU vice-chancellor Scott Bowman.
"Universities Australia as a whole is supporting deregulation and I think that because the university system has grown to such an extent … so they're looking at that deregulation for sustainability," she said.
"When I went to university about 5% of the population went, but now we are looking at 40%.
"I think we do need to be an educated society … it's a question of how we actually manage to fund that.
"We are concerned about the potential impact on low income bracket families."
CQUniversity now has 23 study sites across five states.