CQU to build Ru­ral Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

CEN­TRAL Queens­land Univer­sity’s se­lec­tion as one of four uni­ver­si­ties to host the new Ru­ral Economies Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence is re­ward for the in­sti­tu­tion’s con­stant fo­cus on qual­ity, the Mem­ber for Kep­pel Brit­tany Lauga said.

CQUniver­sity is part of a col­lab­o­ra­tive of four uni­ver­si­ties, along with the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land, Cen­tral Queens­land Univer­sity, James Cook Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Queens­land, se­lected to jointly host the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s $3 mil­lion hub.

Mrs Lauga said the col­lab­o­ra­tion would pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to ru­ral and re­gional Queens­land.

"The cen­tre brings to­gether some of Queens­land’s best eco­nomic an­a­lysts, ru­ral busi­ness de­vel­op­ment spe­cial­ists, pol­icy de­vel­op­ers and re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment prac­ti­tion­ers,” she said.

"Op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment, in­vest­ment, busi­ness ac­tiv­ity and in­no­va­tion will be the out­comes of this col­lab­o­ra­tive ven­ture."

Mrs Lauga said the cen­tre is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional early next year.

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