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MEDIA RELEASE: CQUni sees STEM program offers on the rise

STEM program offers on the rise at CQUni

Key points –

  • Almost half of all CQUniversity’s 2016 offers have been to applicants wishing to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) program.
  • This trend shows that more and more new university students are seeing the many opportunities available in this area.
  • Almost 70 percent of students offered a place in a program delivered by the University’s School of Medical and Applied Science were female.
  • It’s still not too late for students to submit an application to study in 2016.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at CQUniversity are gaining in popularity, based on the results of the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) offers which were released yesterday, Thursday, 14 December.

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Almost half of all offers made at CQUniversity were for programs delivered by the University’s School of Engineering and Technology, and School of Medical and Applied Science.

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman says these results are both interesting and exciting because traditionally business and humanities programs were among the most popular in the Australian higher education sector.

“Humanities and business programs have always been popular among new students so it is exciting to see more and more students interested in science and technology related programs.

“There are so many diverse STEM programs available for students to study from medical science, sports science, food science, medical imaging and sonography, to civil, mechatronic and electrical engineering.

“The possibilities in this area are truly endless and these programs will offer students some exciting career pathways after graduation.

“Importantly, STEM related skills are in high demand both in Australia and overseas, meaning the study of these programs can literally take you anywhere,” said Professor Bowman.

Another interesting trend emerging as part of these results is that the percentage of female students entering into study STEM related study has also grown.

In fact almost 70 percent of all offers made to students within CQUniversity’s School of Medical and Applied Science were to female applicants.

“Traditionally, science and engineering has been a male dominated field so seeing this turnaround is a terrific result.

“I think it shows that high schools are doing a great job encouraging female students to study STEM related subjects and breaking down the gender barriers in this area,” said Professor Bowman.

Once such student is Chelsie Bradshaw, who was offered a place in CQUniversity’s Engineering Co-Op program at the Cairns Campus.

“I was deciding between Medicine and Engineering, but I decided I’m more mathematical!” Chelsie explained.

“And once I had settled on Engineering, being able to do the co-op degree, with a year of paid work placement, really made up my mind about studying at CQUni,” said Bradshaw.

Chelsie isn’t sure what career path she’ll take in the field, but hopes industry experience as part of the program will help her decide.

It’s also still not too late for prospective students interested in studying a STEM related discipline at CQUniversity, with QTAC still accepting applications for a second round of offers to be released on 4 February, 2016.

For more information on CQUniversity’s STEM programs and how to apply visit www.cqu.edu.au/firstpreference.

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