Uni partners with Cannonvale TAFE
A NEW partnership between CQUniversity (CQU) and Cannonvale's Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE will provide benefits to about 200 distance education university students who live in the Whitsundays.
These students will now be able to use the facilities of the local TAFE campus following the launch of the 'Cannonvale Study Hub' on Monday.
As well as a designated computer area, CQU students can now use meeting rooms, computer labs, video-conference facilities, refectory services and other amenities at the TAFE.
CQU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the initiative was designed to help take the distance out of distance education and to give the students a home away from home.
"This new hub will enable our students to form study and social groups, access IT resources, lodge assessments and enrolment updates and to video-conference with their lecturers," he said.
The study hub was officially opened by State Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan, in the presence of invited community representatives, business leaders and staff and students of both CQU and TAFE.
Mr Costigan described it as a tremendous leap forward for tertiary education in the Whitsundays.
"It wasn't that long ago when some people were claiming the TAFE would be shut down. At that time I made it abundantly clear that I would fight like hell to save the TAFE - a very clear position that was not lost on the Minister, who graciously appreciated my position on the issue," Mr Costigan said.
"Well, not only have we saved the TAFE, we've done a little bit of legwork to get CQU to have a look at the Whitsundays and the end result is a new study hub for their distance education students," he said.