New gateways building at USQ to open fresh path to study
DISADVANTAGED students in Ipswich will be the major beneficiaries of the new education gateways building that will be constructed at the USQ campus at Springfield.
The building will support digital learning environments, including simulated learning and laboratory spaces, that will enable new courses in allied health and nursing, engineering, construction and education to be offered.
The new building has been supported by $48.9 million from Federal Government's education investment fund. Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, who toured the USQ campus to meet students and staff with Federal Education Minister Chris Evans on Monday, said the USQ campus "will improve the number of courses, the number of staff and the connectivity with TAFE courses so that people can use that as a pathway to university".
"There are a lot of people who go to the university from the Lockyer Valley, the Somerset, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim," he said. "For a long time young people would move away to go to university and never come back, but what we are seeing now is young people stay in Ipswich and study here. USQ is a great example of our record investment breaking down the barriers to higher education.
"Since 2007, the number of students from a low-socioeconomic background at USQ has grown by 36.7 per cent, with more than 2766 low-SES students commencing in 2011."