THE University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is set for a major expansion as it takes over the Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) campus at Caboolture.
The governing councils of QUT and USC have agreed to move towards a transfer of the Caboolture campus to USC from January 1, 2018.
The move comes ahead of USC's planned opening of a full-service campus at Petrie in 2020.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the campus transfer would give USC a strong presence in the Moreton Bay region before the launch of the Petrie campus.
Professor Hill said USC would seek to maintain and expand the impressive educational platform established by QUT at Caboolture.
"USC already has a close relationship with schools and the community in Caboolture, and we see the campus transfer as an opportunity to consolidate and increase this engagement,” he said.
"We currently have 400 students enrolled from Caboolture and Morayfield, and a total of 1400 students from across the Moreton Bay region.”
QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake welcomed the planned transition, and said QUT had proudly nurtured university education in the area having invested in the campus over 15 years of stewardship.
"In that time, QUT has provided the local community with undergraduate courses in business, nursing, education and creative industries at our shared campus with TAFE Queensland,” Professor Coaldrake said.
"This change comes at a time when USC is expanding its presence in the region, and it is appropriate for QUT to transfer its Caboolture campus to USC to facilitate this consolidation.”
Both universities committed to working in partnership to tackle potential implications for QUT and USC staff and students.
QUT will follow through with its school outreach activities, under the Commonwealth HEPP program which aims to ensure that people from low socio-economic backgrounds have the ability to study at university.
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