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ENGINEERS will be able to study in their own town when the historic partnership between CQUniversity and CQ TAFE becomes official today.

The engineering sector will be just one of the industries that will benefit from the merger.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and president, Professor Scott Bowman, said the merger would offer new opportunities for students in the region.

"In Mackay, we're looking forward to delivering a new engineering building on the Ooralea Campus, which will allow aspiring local engineers to complete their entire degree without having to leave the region," Prof Bowman said.

"It also provides new opportunities for local people with trade qualifications to up-skill and to improve their job prospects in the shifting economy.

"This merger makes CQUniversity the biggest regional university in Australia, and all our campuses and communities are set to benefit from the new networks, system upgrades and new pathways that it will deliver."

Prof Bowman said the merger project received final approval in November last year..2013, Prof Bowman said.

"The $73.8million Federal Government funding for this project is a huge investment for our region, so CQUniversity is determined to spend it wisely," he said.

"A $9.1million project to create new interactive learning spaces across all campuses will particularly benefit students in more remote locations, and grow networking opportunities for hubs in Emerald and Gladstone.

"The State Government has supported this merger with transfer of $120million of CQ TAFE assets, and CQUniversity is determined to see these facilities serving their communities to their full potential."

The flagship Mackay launch will take place today on campus.