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CQUni students and staff celebrate 70 years of AMEP

CQUni students and staff celebrate 70 years of AMEP

Published:11 September 2018

CQUniversity staff and students from across the region celebrated diversity and inclusion to recognise 70 years of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in Queensland.

CQUniversity staff and students from across the region celebrated diversity and inclusion to recognise 70 years of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in Queensland.

Coinciding with Adult Learner’s Week and International Literacy Day, dozens of CQUni AMEP students came together for morning tea events at the Mackay, Gladstone, Emerald and Rockhampton campuses.

Through AMEP, CQUni has helped migrants from more than 15 different countries, including Thailand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Sudan, Brazil, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Cambodia, learn English and discover Australia.

As well as a cake, the students and staff enjoyed traditional foods, including pineapple cakes (which symbolises prosperity in Taiwan) and a jelly cake from Vietnam.

Currently CQUni Rockhampton has about 80 enrolled students in day and evening classes. They are not all funded by AMEP, but many were AMEP at one time or another. In Gladstone there are 36 students, Mackay has 35, and in Emerald, there are 10.

The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The program provides up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to help eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants learn English and to assist with their settlement in Australia.