Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has today congratulated CQUniversity on celebrating 25 years since attaining university status.
The hard-working MP said the university has played an important role in regional education and the local economy since the days it was originally founded as a technical institution.
“Congratulations to the CQUniversity in Rockhampton for marking 25 years since attaining university status. This is an important milestone for the campus and regional education,” Ms Landry said.
“I always try to attend the graduations at CQU when I am available – to acknowledge the commitment of students studying hard for our nation’s future, and to recognise the commitment of staff and the role that our university plays in the heart of regional Australia.
“While we might be the beef and coal capital, I have always maintained that Capricornia is a proud provider and exporter of knowledge and education via a 21st century intellectual industry – spearheaded by CQUniversity.”
Ms Landry said as a major employer, the university is an essential contributor to our local economy.
“I note from the Vice Chancellor comments: that even though the university is classified as ‘young’, it has a long, proud and distinguished history - dating to 1889 when a meeting was convened to establish a technical college for Rockhampton,” she said.
Ms Landry said some recent highlights of federal government interaction with CQUniversity include:
Bringing the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to open Rockhampton’s Building 34 – the renovated allied health teaching centre.
Having the Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce open the upgraded CQUIRP teaching rooms.
Having the Health Minster open Rockhampton’s stage 2 health clinic.
And facilitating a visit by PNG’s Trade Minister to CQUniversity - as that country seeks to improve the education of its people through links to universities in Queensland.
“Speaking of other countries, the Federal Government supports many CQU students – in particular allied health and nursing – to gain practical experience overseas in Pacific and Asian countries under the Commonwealth’s New Colombo Plan,” Ms Landry said.
“I was also delighted when several lecturers in Rockhampton (Col Beer, Damien Clark, Rolley Tickner and Julie Fleming) were recently awarded 'Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning' though the Turnbull-Joyce Government's Australian Awards for University Teaching. And they met the Prime Minister in Rockhampton.
“More recently, I was delighted that the Federal Coalition was able to commit a $10 million grant towards a community sports complex at CQUniversity’s Mackay campus
“These are just a tiny snap shot of the many ways the Australian Government supports our local university,” Ms Landry said