Peak body partnership puts Environmental Science students in touch with profession

Published:08 August 2018

CQUni Environmental Science lecturer Dr Nathan English discusses tree ring samples with student Madonna Reid, who attended a career networking evening staged by the University and the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).

CQUniversity has signed up for a new peak body partnership to ensure its Environmental Science graduates are ready to hit the ground running.

The University has signed a non-commercial partnership with the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), the leading professional body for professionals and practitioners of environmental science.

This complements previous jointly staged networking events, including a focus on unmanned aerial vehicles and an update on the Queensland Vegetation Management Act. A Sustainable Cities Panel entitled 'Growing Green' is planned for 29 August.

Head of Course for the Bachelor of Environmental Science, Dr Nathan English says the CQUni/EIANZ partnership is a great development for engaging students and staff in the environmental sciences.

"By getting environmental science students, staff and professionals in the same room together, even a virtual room, we’re making it more likely those students have the skills and contacts to get work after graduation and more likely that our staff are teaching the most up to date and relevant material to students," Dr English says.

"By partnering with EIANZ, CQUni is continuing its commitment to innovation in teaching and learning and to producing work-ready graduates who can have a significant and lasting impact on their environment straight out of university.

“By combining CQUni’s world-class video conferencing systems and support staff with EIANZ’s professional development network, the world can dial-in and see that CQUni is a leader in environmental science teaching and that our graduates have the best environmental science opportunities in Australia.”

Environmental Science student Madonna Reid found it worthwhile attending a joint CQUni/EIANZ Environmental Science Careers Networking Night at CQUni Townsville.

“It was good to establish connections with some of the local environmental working groups, like Transportation and Main Roads,” she says.

“I’m looking forward to future CQU/EAINZ events because it’s good to have a network that helps me broaden my career pathways and see what opportunities are out there.”

The new agreement provides:

* Free access to students and staff to jointly-held CQUni/EIANZ professional development events.
* Global access through Zoom video conferencing to joint CQUni/EIANZ events for everyone (non-CQUni affiliated persons are charged a fee).
* Enhanced networking opportunities for CQUni Bachelor of Environmental Science and Bachelor of Science students.
* Greater visibility of CQUniversity to potential industry and government employers.
* Increased engagement with environmental professionals in industry and government.