CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman has welcomed a $3 million WA Government investment in the Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC) as “great news for regional tertiary education”.
The University, which also has operations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, delivers a number of its academic programs in partnership with GUC.
Students from the Western Australian town, about 400km from Perth, use GUC as a base to study CQUniversity programs including Bachelors of Accounting, Business, Psychology and Learning Management (Primary and Early Childhood).
“CQUniversity is one of Australia’s most engaged universities and nowhere is this more apparent than in our partnership with Geraldton Universities Centre. We were very pleased when the Geraldton community asked us to be part of the Centre,” Professor Bowman said.
“GUC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation focused on providing access to higher education for people who might not otherwise have the opportunity – something that CQUniversity is also strongly committed to.
“In partnering with a grassroots community organisation like GUC, CQUniversity has been able to provide supported distance education to a community all the way on the other side of the country – quite a remarkable achievement.
“I congratulate GUC on receiving this important funding, and I commend the Government of Western Australia for its foresight in recognising the importance of higher education to regional and remote communities.”
GUC will use the $3m Royalties for Regions funding over two years to develop Stage 2 of the Universities Centre.
CQUniversity is one of Australia’s fastest-growing universities, with campuses and study centres in Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Noosa, the Gold Coast, Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Emerald.