USQ to take over UQ Ipswich campus from today
IN A landmark for tertiary education, the University of Southern Queensland today takes over the University of Queensland Ipswich campus.
The University of Southern Queensland has been a part of the Ipswich community for years with USQ Springfield and today's milestone will expand its operation into the heart of the city.
The UQ Ipswich campus will transfer to USQ today following an agreement between the two universities last year.
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Jan Thomas, said it was an exciting time and she looked forward to the university continuing to grow with the region.
"After months of extensive consultation and planning, we will officially move on to the campus where we will offer degrees in nursing and paramedicine as well as tertiary preparation programs," Prof Thomas said.
"We will continue to develop the higher education opportunities in the region and foster positive outcomes for the community."
UQ has occupied the Ipswich campus since 1999.
The site originally housed the Sandy Gallop Asylum, which opened in 1878, and the hospital's name was later changed to the Challinor Centre.
After the State Government advised in 1998 that the Challinor Centre would close, the University of Queensland announced plans to develop a campus on the site.
Prof Thomas said the transfer allowed USQ programs to expand and collaborate with local industry and business to meet education needs. USQ has already invested more than $100 million into its Springfield campus, which currently enrols about 2500 students.
Prof Thomas said the Ipswich campus would complement USQ Springfield rather than compete with it.
The decision to transfer the campus was motivated by a desire to increase higher education opportunities in the region and to reflect the strategic objectives of each university.
UQ will continue to have access to the Ipswich campus during a two-year teach-out period in 2015 and 2016.
This will enable most UQ students currently enrolled in Ipswich-based programs to complete their study with UQ at the Ipswich campus.
UQ will also continue to have a longer-term presence on the campus with the UQ Health Care GP superclinic and Dietetics Clinic.
The official handover will feature a flag raising ceremony and presentations by Prof Thomas, USQ Chancellor John Dornbusch and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.