CQU’s amaz­ing suc­cess story

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

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 nick.dal­ton@news.com.au

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