ENGINEERING graduate Mitchell McClanachan believes TAFE students could be big beneficiaries of a merger with CQUniversity.
"There will be opportunities for people on vocational courses to use university facilities," said Mitchell yesterday as politicians tore into one another over the proposal.
"It will be a big plus to have better access to everything the university can provide," he said.
Mitchell qualified as a Bachelor of Engineering at the university's Rockhampton campus and is now studying towards a doctorate while working as a researcher there.
"I'm investigating train efficiency and reliability now, but when I was an under-graduate I benefited from an ability to study some subjects at TAFE and use technical equipment there.
"It was a real boon to be able to use the latest gear and the merger will bring greater collaboration," he said.
The university points to a number of potential advantages. It says the distinction between university and TAFE students would be blurred to such an extent they could drift between the two to make them more employable and competitive.
One example it gives is that paramedic students could also study vocational mine safety programs to help them access jobs on mine sites.