CQUniversity mature-aged student Antony Cocker, 30, is in his first year studying a Bachelor of Business. The Rockhampton man decided to study in his hometown for convenience and to be close to his kids.
CQUniversity mature-aged student Antony Cocker, 30, is in his first year studying a Bachelor of Business. The Rockhampton man decided to study in his hometown for convenience and to be close to his kids.

CQU first choice in 2010

PROGRAMS like nursing, building design, the new music course and exercise and sport sciences are attracting more students like Antony Cocker to study at Rockhampton’s CQUniversity campus.

CQUniversity corporate communications director Mike Donahue said first-place preferences in the current round of QTAC applications had risen 2.9% for on-campus students and 11.9% for FLEX (distance education) students.

Mackay and Bundaberg campuses were this year’s hot spots for new students.

But the popularity for a number of first-preference programs took a dramatic climb in Rocky.

Environmental health, building design and building surveying, exercise and sport sciences are growing significantly, with first preferences up a combined 40% compared to the same period last year.

More than 500 first preferences have been made for CQUniversity Rockhampton’s nursing course (34% increase).

Mr Donahue said Arts experienced a renaissance with the introduction of an updated CQUniversity arts degree for 2010.

First preferences have increased 60%.

CQUniversity’s new music course, based in Rockhampton, and its companion theatre program in Mackay were up a combined 50%.

“First preferences for CQUniversity programs overall are up 10% on last year,” Mr Donahue said.

Another round of offers will be made on February 4.



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