Uni engineering degree for Bundy

BUNDABERG'S CQUniversity campus is broadening its horizons with talks of an engineering degree being implemented by 2013.

Vice-chancellor Scott Bowman said if a feasibility study supported the idea, they hoped to offer the degree very soon.

"We've been looking at doing at least the first year of the degree, if not the first two years," he said.

"First we want to talk to engineering companies and the council and see if there are facilities students could use."

Mr Bowman said the uni also hoped to source some local engineers to be casual lecturers for the course.

"These are degrees which are very much linked to industry," he said.

"This is the sort of thing where we could consider delivering the first and second year and then look at putting in the full degree.

"That's what is happening in Mackay."

Bundaberg Engagement Committee chairman Phil Atherton said the need for an engineering degree had been identified some time ago.

"Bundaberg is in an interesting strategic position in terms of the mining and gas industries," Mr Atherton said.

"Feedback we've had indicates there is a strong interest in this field."

Mr Atherton said there were plenty of job opportunities in the engineering field in Bundaberg.

"This is a significant place for engineering," he said.

Mr Bowman said as well as the developments with the engineering degree, the university was on the cusp of becoming Queensland's first dual sector university.

"We've put in a submission to the Queensland Government to amalgamate with the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE," he said.

"That means students could come to us to do anything from a Certificate One or Two or an apprenticeship, right up to a Ph.D."

Mr Bowman said while the Wide Bay TAFE was not part of the Central Queensland TAFE, the university hoped to foster a relationship with it to ensure it was not in direct competition.

The vice-chancellor said the amalgamation decision could come any day now.

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