CQU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman at a CQ University graduation ceremony.
CQU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman at a CQ University graduation ceremony. Chris Ison

CQUni looks to an upbeat future after a tough 2013

AFTER a tough year for Central Queensland University, attention turns to an exciting revolution for the local institution in 2014.

With much-publicised redundancies early in 2013 due to financial pressures on the university, largely put down to a reduction in international student numbers, positive news was delivered from state and sederal governments green-lighting the merger between CQU and CQ TAFE.

CQU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman was upbeat when looking to what the near future held for students and staff.

"It was a pretty tough year for us. There was a bit of a financial squeeze at the beginning of the year which saw quite a few staff leave the uni," Prof Bowman said.

"Next year is going to be a great year. There's so much work to do, but I think we're really getting on top of that now and we've just been awarded more funded post-grad places in allied health than any other university in Australia.

"And of course we've had the signing of the agreement with Queensland Government to merge with CQ TAFE."

Prof Bowman said the university was also excited about the first batch of fresh graduates from the newest courses who would be embarking on post-university life as of 2014.

"Next year we'll have our first law and allied health graduates, which is very exciting," he said.

The professor was eagerly anticipating the rollout of the new pathways available to those wishing to study, once the merger had been finalised.

"From this time next year, people will be applying to go to uni instead of TAFE, regardless of whether they're doing training or a degree," he said.

As well as the new avenues available to future students, Prof Bowman was excited about potential results from those already embedded in the tertiary institution.

"We've got a lot of researchers really firing on all cylinders at the moment so we're also looking forward to some really good research outcomes next year," he said.