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Noosa’s boutique style of education truly unique on the Sunshine Coast

Noosa’s boutique style of education truly unique on the Sunshine Coast

Published:10 August 2017

Noosa Campus Regional Engagement Committee members (from left to right): James Picton, Unit Coordinator and Lecturer, CQUniversity, Noosa; Nicole Duguid, Director – Principal Consultant, Panorama Consulting Services, Regional Engagement Committee Chair; Teressa Schmidt, Head of Campus, CQUniversity, Noosa; Brett de Chastell, Chief Executive Officer, Noosa Shire Council; Jude Emmer, Chief Executive Officer, Noosa Ramsay Hospital; Dr John Martin, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University. Absent: Christopher Johns, Chief Executive Officer, United Synergies; Daniel Romaine, Senior roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs; Kathrin Peck, Senior Campus Administrator, CQUniversity, Noosa, Secretary/Minutes.

CQUni Noosa’s quality, flexible and boutique style of education is providing something truly unique on the Sunshine Coast, according to Head of Campus Teressa Schmidt.

The campus at 90 Goodchap Street offers on-campus programs across Digital Media, Education, Nursing, and Creative and Professional Practice, as well as support for locally-based distance students across a wide range of other degrees.

Ms Schmidt says it’s interesting that, outside Nursing, STEPS preparatory courses and Education, the next largest cohorts of Noosa students are studying Law and Psychology.

“We have had the recent addition of VET programs to our scope, such as the Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) and the Diploma of Nursing, providing comprehensive and flexible pathways for nursing students from certificate right through to postgraduate continuing education, including Midwifery and Mental Health Nursing,” Ms Schmidt says.

“The Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) will be offered on Noosa Campus from First Term in 2018 for the first time.

“We are continuing to provide quality education in Education and Creative Industries, as well as providing excellent support and facilities for CQUniversity distance students across the Sunshine Coast region.”

Chair of the Noosa Campus Regional Engagement Committee, Nicole Duguid says CQUniversity has experienced phenomenal growth across Australia, and the Noosa Campus is well placed to follow that trend.

“CQUni is committed to engaging with students, industry and the community to provide a boutique learning experience with practical and innovative learning outcomes,” Ms Duguid says.

“To ensure CQUni connects with its communities and provides the best learning outcomes for its students, the University has set up Regional Engagement Committees.

“The role of the REC is to raise the profile of CQUni across the region and to increase student numbers and opportunities to engage with the community.”

Ms Duguid said Sunshine Coast residents should be proud that CQUniversity has been chosen by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as one of the top 2% of universities worldwide, and as one of the World’s Top 100 Young Universities (under 50 years old).

“Our Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results, managed by the Australian Research Council, show CQUni has world-class research in 14 different categories and the Uni has earned $60 million in competitive research income since 2009.

“The University is delivering over 300 education and training offerings, from short courses and certificates, through to undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees.

“The Federal Government’s own quality indicators show that CQUni’s graduate employment rate is 80.6% compared with the national average of 69.5%. Our median salary is $60,000 compared with the national average of $56,000.”

Noosa Shire Council has nominated CQUni Noosa for the 2017 Sunshine Coast Business Awards to be announced on 18 November.