After getting an OP1 Hayden Gaffel will be studying accounting at CQU Bundaberg.
After getting an OP1 Hayden Gaffel will be studying accounting at CQU Bundaberg. Rob Barich

Surge in interest for local CQU

RECENT OP 1 recipient Hayden Gaffel is one of the sea of applicants to submerge Bundaberg’s CQUniversity campus with first preferences for study in 2010.

Figures released yesterday by the university showed first preferences were up 41.5% in Bundaberg from last year, and 10% across all campuses.

The former Bundaberg State High School student will study accounting, a decision he says was quite easy.

“I came home from a maths class in Year 9 and declared I was going to be an accountant. I haven’t changed my mind since,” he said.

“CQU is perfect because it offers a straight accounting degree, unlike a lot of the other universities.”

Hayden has also been awarded a vice-chancellor’s scholarship, subsidising his HECS fees throughout his study.

“That will make things a lot easier and I’m pretty excited to get going,” he said.

Accounting is one of many programs to experience a surge in interest this year, with nursing, information technology and learning management courses all vastly more popular in 2010.

But corporate communications director Mike Donahue said Bundaberg stood alone in terms of demand for teaching courses.

“Degrees like nursing and teaching are also transportable — always in demand and necessary all over the world,” Mr Donahue said.

The university is expected to accommodate the increased demand, with extra places to be made available.



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