Qld's first comprehensive uni as merge occurs

MACKAY enters a new education era today with the official opening to celebrate the merger of CQ University with CQ TAFE to form Queensland's first comprehensive university.

Central Queensland education communities, students and both the state and federal education ministers are attending the launch from 10am at Mackay Ooralea Campus.

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne and Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek joined CQUniversity Chancellor Rennie Fritschy and Vice-Chancellor and President Scott Bowman have been joined by community and industry leaders.

CQ University leadership are to  outline their big vision for the new institution, and for Central Queensland.

The partnership, backed by $73.8 million in Federal investment, and $120 million in Queensland Government assets, makes the newly-merged CQUniversity the biggest regional university in Australia - with more than 2000 staff, and 35,000 students across 19 locations. 

"This is the first partnership of its kind in Queensland, and I'm confident our new comprehensive university will transform our region - delivering new opportunities, new pathways for students, and new investment in our local skills base," Professor Bowman said.

Staff and students from the two institutions were also invited to their local events, and Professor Bowman paid tribute to their hard work in supporting the comprehensive transformation.

"This historic event would not have been possible with the support, good-will, and determination of our staff, and the faith and patience of our students, over the past two years," Professor Bowman said. 

"Today I am proud to welcome all of them to the new, comprehensive CQUniversity."



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