Campus heads meet at Bundaberg forum

MORE than 30 campus heads from universities across Australia are currently attending the Australian Higher Education Heads of Campus Forum (AHEHCF) being hosted at the CQUniversity Bundaberg Campus.

The forum is an annual event which allows the exchange of ideas, learnings and experiences among university campus heads from multi-campus Australian universities.

The 2015 program will specifically deal with issues facing regional universities in Australia and solutions to meet the many challenges of the higher education sector.

Associate CQUniversity vice-chancellor (Wide Bay and Burnett) Professor Andy Bridges said it was a great opportunity to host his peers from other universities and to show them the local region and the strengths of the CQUniversity Bundaberg campus.

"It's a great opportunity for us to host this forum, discuss the issues facing regional universities and showcase the Bundaberg campus and local region," Prof Bridges said.

"The CQUniversity Bundaberg campus is one of the university's largest sites, with one of the most diverse cohorts of students and program offerings, so we can definitely provide some strong insights into what it means to be a regional campus and how to grow further.

"The campus also has strong ties with the local community and local industry, and my counterparts from other universities are very interested to see how we are harnessing this engagement.

"The forum is a great professional development opportunity for my colleagues and I, as it allows us to collaborate and learn from each other's own unique experiences."

Keynote speakers at the forum included CQUniversity's Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman and Caroline Perkins, CEO of the Regional Universities Network (RUN).

On the last day of the conference delegates will also be given the chance to visit local attractions.

Prof Bridges also explained that he hoped forum attendees would be back to visit Bundaberg as tourists in the future.

"For many of the attendees, this has been their first visit to Bundaberg and they love what they see, I have so far had plenty of remarks about how nice the local area is and how envious they are of our weather," he said.

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