CQU’s amazing success story
THE growth of CQUniversity’s campus in Cairns is astonishing.
Less than two years after opening in the Cairns CBD it has reached capacity with more than 1000 students on campus and online and with 140-plus staff.
Student numbers have nearly tripled since October, 2015
Today Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman unveils ambitious plans to expand in a $54.7 million investment.
Their blueprint details six projects, starting with a $30 million purposebuilt new campus in the city centre to cope with 2500-plus students, including from overseas.
But it doesn’t stop there with five other projects, including a state of the art $16 million aviation and engineering centre to be built at the Cairns Airport and a $2.5 million professional sports centre of excellence at the Cairns Basketball Stadium at Manunda.
There is no doubt what CQU has been offering in Cairns is attracting students throughout Australia, as well as from overseas.
Before the university set out its future, community and business leaders were widely consulted.
Prof Bowman said the community told the university what it wanted.
He said the university had “immense trust in the community when they tell us what will and won’t work”.
Prof Bowman said he was confident the university could deliver on its 15-year vision.
CQU’s success has drawn James Cook University into the CBD with its own campus and the arrival of Charles Darwin University in Cairns as well.
Cairns is truly a proud multiuniversity city. Nick Dalton firstname.lastname@example.org