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CQUni welcomes scholarships which encourage students to experience regional Australia

Published:01 November 2019

The Federal Government is providing scholarships, supporting students from overseas or Australian capital cities to study at a regional university or vocational education provider.

Australia’s regional-based tertiary education providers are well equipped to offer high-quality learning and a great lifestyle experience for students from overseas and metropolitan areas of Australia.

That’s why CQUniversity is welcoming Federal Government funding for 40 ‘Destination Australia’ scholarships – valued at $15 000 each - aimed at attracting and supporting students who wish to have a regional or rural experience while at university or TAFE.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp says the initiative enables CQUni to offer scholarships to students studying at its campuses in Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville.

“We know that students from overseas and capital cities who come to our CQUni regional campuses have a very special and successful journey, where they can make friends and prosper in their studies and career goals, while enjoying access to the Aussie bush and coastline and the recreational opportunities that abound.”

Across Australia, the Federal Government is offering 1180 scholarships worth $19.5 million, supporting students to study at a regional university or vocational education provider.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said international education made a $35 billion contribution to the economy last year “and we want regional communities to share the benefits”.

"Increasing student numbers at regional education providers will give local economies a kick start and also help share the social, economic and cultural benefits of higher education,” he says.

"Regional Australia has a lot to offer as a study destination, including smaller class sizes, a cheaper cost of living as well as the people and the lifestyle.

Federal Member for Capricornia and Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry said 11 of the scholarships would be available to international and domestic students wishing to study in Capricornia next year. Nine of these scholarships would encourage CQUni enrolments in Rockhampton.

“Our region has a great story to tell and we can be an attractive destination for international and domestic students,” Ms Landry said.

“That’s why I have worked with local providers and the Education Minister to secure these scholarships for our electorate.

“Attracting more students to study in Central Queensland will be good for our community, good for local businesses and good for tourism.

“International students who study in regional Australia rate their living and learning experience higher than students based in metropolitan centres, yet just 3 per cent of our 690 000 international students were enrolled in regional Australia last year.

“Our Government’s Destination Australia program is helping to attract more students to study in regional Australia and we can help by promoting Central Queensland as an attractive study destination because of our lifestyle, lower cost of living and smaller class sizes.”

Students can apply directly to institutions. Successful tertiary education providers can be found at www.education.gov.au/destination-australia.