Professor Scott Bowman.
Professor Scott Bowman.

CQUni flags name change as students study from all over

IS A name change on the cards for CQUniversity?

Reports that Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman had flagged a change with staff last week generated a flurry of interest, though the university says there is nothing to announce just yet.

"A formal name change has been mooted for many years now, given the university's extraordinary growth beyond the boundaries of Central Queensland," Prof Bowman said.

"Almost 75% of our tertiary students and 15 of our 24 campus and study sites are now based outside of Central Queensland.

"From time to time the name change idea comes up for discussion by university management."

Prof Bowman said the university would consider the prospect, as it had over the years, but if the idea was acted on, there would be consultation with students, staff and stakeholders.

"It's about how a change of name might best meet the needs and aspirations of all the regions we service, in a way that respects and preserves our proud Central Queensland heritage and operating base," he said.

CQU currently has seven Queensland-based campuses and is planning campuses in Townsville and Cairns.

There are also campuses in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide and eight study centres, including three in Western Australia.

In 2008 the university rebranded itself to cater for the increasing number of international students and those looking for part-time and distance study options.

At the time, researchers discovered awareness of the university wasn't as high as they had hoped.

Domestic student numbers were in decline and there was a significant shift in overseas student demand to the vocational sector.

In the biggest move in recent times, CQUniversity merged with Central Queensland TAFE in July last year ending an era for the TAFE college, which had provided vocational education for 125 years.

The $73.8million merger formed Queensland's first dual-sector university and made CQU the largest regional university in Australia with 3268 staff, including 1900 based in Central Queensland.