Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

CQUni's 'Astounding' 25 Years

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

CQUni's 'Astounding' 25 Years

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Byline: Michelle Gately

IN JUST 25 years, CQUniversity has grown from one campus to 25 nation-wide catering for more than 30,000 enrolled students and 90,000 registered alumni.

Despite its official classification as a "young university", the institute's early days can be traced back to 1889.

This was the year a sub-committee was set up to build a technical college for the growing city of Rockhampton, which would eventually become CQ TAFE.

In 1967, education opportunities again expanded for central Queenslanders.

The Rockhampton campus of the Queensland Institute of Technology (Capricornia) opened in 1967.

Strong presence in distance education and campuses in Gladstone, Mackay, Bundaberg and Emerald followed for the institute, which by 1990 was known as University College of Central Queensland.

Now, almost half of students are studying off-campus.

The University of Central Queensland was established in 1992.

Vice-Chancellor and president of CQUniversity Australia Professor Scott Bowman described this as a "significant milestone" for central Queensland as a whole.

"The establishment of a fully-fledged university based in Australia's Beef capital, with satellite campuses in Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone and Mackay, meant that the region had come of age and was now on par with our city counterparts," he said.

"Young people no longer had to leave home to get a university education and even better, those who didn't have the means to move to Brisbane were able to access higher education in their own back yard.

"Young people who would have otherwise stayed in the city after study were staying in central Queensland to start their careers or new businesses.

"Now, 25 years on, some of those students who were with us at the beginning, are still here. …

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