On Wednesday 4 July 2018 the Board of the RDA attended the Commencement of Construction Ceremony of the USC (University of the Sunshine Coast) Moreton Bay Campus at Petrie. Whilst the opening of the University in 2020 with 2000 students is still a couple of years away, a couple of hundred enthusiastic and vitally interested people attended the ceremony and along with Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, Federal Member for Dickson, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth and Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland.
The USC Moreton Bay model is available for people to look at in the Moreton Bay Regional Council Chambers at Strathpine.
At the opening of Australia’s newest university in Semester 1, 2020 you will be able to study almost 50 undergraduate degree programs, including business, education, computer science and mechatronics. By 2022, 65 programs will be on offer, growing to more than 100 programs by 2030.
The 23,000-square metre foundation facility will offer world-class teaching and learning spaces, with $10 million worth of state-of-the-art technology, including simulation facilities, engineering facilities, and a makerspace. Find information about study opportunities, explore the campus and sign up for updates at usc.edu.au/moretonbay.
In his speech, at the ceremony, Mayor Sutherland stressed what a “game-changer” the building of the university is for the Moreton Bay region. The vision for a major new university campus started more than three years ago with Regional Development Australia’s Tertiary Education Study that found there was a significant lack of access to tertiary education in our region. Mayor Sutherland went on to say that the RDA’s tertiary education report found that 90 per cent of university students in our region travel up to three hours to attend university and that travelling such a distance takes a toll on students and their families. He went on to say that for some students it even acts as a major deterrent to attending university.
This university project will create better opportunities for both school leavers and mature aged students to study close to home.