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CQU expands zone to New Zealand

Published: Wed 11 Oct 2006 12:24 AM
CQU expands zone to New Zealand
Central Queensland University will offer up to 10 Accounting, Business and Information Technology programs in New Zealand this year when its first cohort of students commences studies in November, it was announced this week.
In another venture with its long-standing commercial partner, Campus Group Holdings, CQU will provide the programs at the New Zealand International Campus in Heretaunga, Wellington, formerly New Zealand’s Central Institute of Technology.
“It’s important for CQU to diversify. We’re Australia’s leading experts in the field of international education and our expansion into a new country will address risks currently facing the higher education market in Australia. CQU currently has about 12,000 international students. There is the potential to accommodate several thousand more in New Zealand at an existing, attractive, full-sized modern campus,” explained CQU Vice-Chancellor and President John Rickard.
“New Zealand and the Wellington region are extremely attractive to international students. Wellington is New Zealand’s cultural and political capital. It’s very close to the coast, safe and affordable. It even gets more sunshine than Melbourne,” added Professor Rickard.
CQU’s partner has been operating in New Zealand since 2002, managing the delivery of some English and vocational programs and, in a separate agreement, a small number of degrees from the University of Ballarat.
Ballarat will now discontinue its on-campus services, giving current students a choice to continue their studies with Ballarat or transfer to CQU or other New Zealand institutions.
“The model in New Zealand draws upon and will build on the successful experience we’ve had with CQU in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” said Campus Group Chairman Mark Skinner, who began an innovative relationship with the Rockhampton-based university 13 years ago with CQU Sydney.
Geoff Ormandy, Chief Executive of the New Zealand International Campus, describes the partnership as “a milestone” in international education.
“The development has the potential to make a positive contribution to the enrolment of international students in New Zealand where overall numbers have reached a plateau over the past 2 years,” Ormandy said.
CQU programs available in New Zealand are the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Information Technology, Master of Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Management, Graduate Diploma of Management, Bachelor of Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Information Systems, and Master of Information Technology.
“The New Zealand approval process is rigorous. The independent qualification authority -- which includes academic, government and community representatives -- evaluated our programs down to the composition of individual courses. We are the first Australian university to undergo such a comprehensive review in New Zealand and I’m pleased that we’re fully accredited and ready to go,” added CQU Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Informatics, Professor Gus Geursen.
The billion-dollar international higher-ed/university industry in New Zealand is competitive, consisting primarily of 8 universities and institutes of technology.
“The New Zealand government and the higher education community have welcomed CQU and we’re excited to be part of a community that offers high-quality education options to so many international students,” said Professor Rickard.
CQU received the Australian Export Award for Education in 2002 and 2005.
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