CQUNIVERSITY will enter a new era as an education provider tomorrow when it merges with the Central Queensland Institute of Tafe to become the state's first dual-sector university.
The main campuses to feel the impact of the merger will be those in Emerald, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay but university vice chancellor Scott Bowman said Bundaberg would still notice a difference.
"We're not amalgamating with the Tafe in Bundaberg which is the Wide Bay Tafe and not part of the Central Queensland Institute of Tafe that we are merging with," Prof Bowman said.
"We did put a case forward that maybe Bundaberg should come in with this and we would have loved for that to happen but the decision was made not to do that."
Prof Bowman said Bundaberg was one of the uni's fastest growing campuses.
"At Bundaberg we will be looking to offer some Tafe-like studies but we wouldn't be looking to do things that would compete directly with the Tafe there," he said.
"For things we have equipment and facilities to run that are not being provided at the moment and we can do that through the Tafe part of the uni."
Prof Bowman said the uni was looking to offer programs in fire and rescue.
"What we're developing for our Bundaberg campus is real expertise in occupational health and safety, accident forensics and we're doing a lot with horticulture and agriculture so these areas are pretty big," he said.
"Any of these things where we can offer both degrees and VET or Tafe like qualifications we would look at very seriously."
He said offering the two types of qualifications had already been a success at the uni.
"Our Dean of Education Professor Helen Huntly is in Bundaberg and she's been one of the most avid 'introducers' of this into her school," he said.
"A diploma of child care now forms a main part of our education degree."
Prof Bowman said providing students with that diploma early on in the degree meant they could begin to get work in that industry and get hands-on experience.