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Sup­port­ing stu­dents

AS a long-time em­ployee, sup­porter, grad­u­ate and now Provost of Cen­tral Queens­land Univer­sity (CQU) I would like to thank you for your ed­i­to­rial com­ments in Sat­ur­day’s NewsMail, in sup­port of our great univer­sity.

It has al­ways been the mis­sion and vi­sion of CQU to en­gage with and sup­port the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate.

More re­cently, as Queens­land’s only dual sec­tor univer­sity we are able to de­liver qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing across the en­tire spec­trum of ac­cred­ited qual­i­fi­ca­tions from VET Cer­tifi­cate 1 to PhD.

As you note, the re­cent Na­tional Grad­u­ate Out­comes Sur­vey re­sults recog­nise the fact that we are able to de­liver to our grad­u­ates, high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing with authen­tic and im­me­di­ate em­ploy­ment out­comes, and com­pet­i­tive start­ing salaries.

With some of the best grad­u­ate re­sults in the coun­try, CQU study whether on cam­pus or on­line, is a great choice for any prospec­tive stu­dent.

This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant in re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties where re­lo­ca­tion to study may not be an op­tion.

With one of the best en­abling cour­ses in the coun­try where we pro­vide the high­est qual­ity bridg­ing ed­u­ca­tion for ma­ture-aged stu­dents, in ad­di­tion to our school-leaver co­hort, CQU de­liv­ers in-de­mand qual­i­fi­ca­tions, es­pe­cially in the re­gions.

But we can­not achieve this alone.

Our com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Bund­aberg and the Wide Bay re­gion are in­te­gral to our suc­cess and we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the on­go­ing part­ner­ships we have de­vel­oped over many years.

So, thank you Bund­aberg (and our many re­gional part­ners). Our suc­cess is your suc­cess.

PRO­FES­SOR HE­LEN HUNTLY OAM, Provost Cen­tral Queens­land Univer­sity

Elec­tion so­lu­tion

WITH an­other elec­tion com­ing our way this year we are again be­ing promised the world.

Ei­ther side is go­ing to do this or that to make our mis­er­able lives just a lit­tle bit hap­pier.

When one lot prom­ises some­thing the other ups the ante and wants to give us more.

This has hap­pened ever since I first started vot­ing and with a cou­ple of no­table ex­cep­tions noth­ing earth shat­ter­ing has ever hap­pened.

The pos­si­ble so­lu­tion would be to have an elec­tion ev­ery year.

The costs in­volved will be in­signif­i­cant as we would al­ways be in sur­plus and ev­ery­one would be fully em­ployed.

The pol­lies would be on ten­ter­hooks not know­ing if they will get their job back the fol­low­ing year

The vot­ers who are dyed in the wool, just might see that the mob their par­ents voted for all their lives to be a pack of self serv­ing money grub­bers who are not serv­ing the elec­torate but are only serv­ing them­selves at our ex­pense.

JIM CARTER,

El­liott Heads

Cross­word fun

Dear Ed­i­tor, I am sure that you do many things for which you get lit­tle thanks or maybe none at all.

I want to give you a big vote of thanks for the ex­tra cross­words over the hol­i­day pe­riod – those lovely large ones.

I usu­ally do a num­ber of cross­words ev­ery day and those hol­i­day cross­words lift my en­joy­ment to a new level.

They are not all that dif­fi­cult but are nev­er­the­less quite in­ter­est­ing.

I en­joy them.

My ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thanks. ED­WIN FAINT, Bund­aberg the time spent on

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