Mayor of Bundaberg Regional Council, Jack Dempsey officially opened a brand new engineering building on the CQUniversity Bundaberg campus.
The new building, which was opened on 26 September 2017, comprises two lab spaces, a collaborative teaching area and staff offices to accommodate the delivery of the University’s full four-year engineering course.
The building was developed due to a surge in demand from students applying and enrolling to study engineering in the region.
The engineering course has been delivered from Bundaberg for the past four-and-a-half-years, and coincidentally the first cohort of engineering students from the foundation year of the course will graduate at the University’s graduation ceremony this afternoon.
CQUniversity’s Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region, Professor Andy Bridges explained that the building has been developed to accommodate the delivery of engineering disciplines such as civil, mechanical and electrical.
“The building has been purpose-built to accommodate the teaching of the full Bachelor of Engineering program here in Bundaberg.“
The engineering course was first delivered in Bundaberg in 2013 and since this time we have seen demand for the program increase exponentially, attracting both local students and students from other regions.
“We currently have 55 students studying the course with us in Bundaberg and this number set to increase in 2018,” said Professor Bridges.
Mayor Dempsey praised CQUniversity for the delivery of the course in Bundaberg by saying that students who completed the program locally were more likely to stay on and work in the region.
“It is fantastic that our local university is delivering this course as it provides a further opportunity for young people to remain in the region for their studies.
“This is a great investment in our young people and our community,” said Mayor Dempsey. CQUniversity engineering graduates also officially have some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes with national Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) data showing that 82.7% of graduates find full-time work within three months of graduation (national average is 74.3%) with an average graduate starting salary of $78,600 (national average is $62,500).