Ex­pan­sion in tan­dem with lo­cal feed­back

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

CQUNIVERSITY Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Scott Bow­man is con­fi­dent Cairns will get be­hind the fa­cil­ity’s ex­pan­sion be­cause the com­mu­nity had a big say in its com­po­si­tion.

“CQUniversity came to Cairns quite mod­estly back in 2012, but our phi­los­o­phy of en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity and its in­dus­tries on all our big de­ci­sions saw our stu­dent num­bers al­most triple in a no time at all, with our staff num­bers now ex­ceed­ing 140 and no room left on our cur­rent cam­pus for more growth,” he said.

“So we have this trust in the com­mu­nity when they tell us what will and won’t work.

“The com­mu­nity has es­sen­tially given us a blue­print for where they see Cairns in 15 years and asked us how we can de­liver on it for them. I have ab­so­lute faith in their vi­sion and in our abil­ity to de­liver.”

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch said he had worked closely with the univer­sity on the pro­posal.

“I know there is huge po­ten­tial here, par­tic­u­larly in the field of avi­a­tion in­dus­try train­ing and in health and ed­u­ca­tion, sec­tors which have been iden­ti­fied as hav­ing the ‘jobs of the fu­ture’,” he said.

“The sports science com­po­nent also aligns beau­ti­fully with our vi­sion of Cairns be­com­ing the fourth trop­i­cal sports con­di­tion­ing city in the world, along­side Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Sin­ga­pore.

“I’m ex­cited about con­tin­u­ing to work with the univer­sity as we seek Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment sup­port for this ex­pan­sion pro­posal.”

Cairns Mayor Bob Man­ning said the coun­cil had a strong re­la­tion­ship with CQU from the early days of the CQUni Dis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion Study Cen­tre which opened in 2012.

“This sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment is a dis­play of con­fi­dence in our re­gion, but it is also recog­ni­tion of Cairns’ rep­u­ta­tion as an in­no­va­tion hub,” he said.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of new cour­ses, in par­tic­u­lar the new Ex­er­cise and Sport Science de­gree, cou­pled with CQUniversity’s on­go­ing spon­sor­ship of the Cairns Taipans, con­tin­ues to show a strong com­mit­ment to fos­ter­ing com­mu­nity good­will, forg­ing re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal schools, busi­ness, in­dus­try and com­mu­nity groups.”

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