Community & Business

17 June, 2022

Centre to promote higher education

COOKTOWN residents pursuing tertiary studies will soon have access to private study spaces, computer facilities and high-speed internet with the establishment of a new regional university centre.

Centre to promote higher education
Centre to promote higher education

The regional university centre was announced by the previous Federal Government through the Regional University Centres program and will provide current and future university students with new facilities and services to help them achieve their tertiary goals. 

Study spaces, break-out areas, video conferencing, computer facilities and high-speed internet can all be accessed at the centre along with support services to assist writing and research skills, study advice and more. 

The centre will be the first of its kind to be constructed in Far North Queensland and aims to support students who wish to stay in their community without sacrificing a higher education. 

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the centre was a key component to improving higher education participation and attainment in regional and remote Australia. 

“Our local rural and regional students deserve the very best when it comes to their education, and it’s initiatives like this one that will ensure that students can study close to home without having to leave their communities,” Mr Entsch said. 

The centre will be operated by Country Universities Centre and Cook Shire Council and is one of eight new centres that will be established around Australia. 

The centre is expected to be open for use in October 2022.


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