At CQ Uni as studies kick off again are (from left) Sharna Gray from Seaforth, Ashleigh Ball of South Mackay and Maddison Ingram from West Mackay. The trio is studying certificate 3 in beauty services at the Mackay City campus. Picture: Tara Miko
At CQ Uni as studies kick off again are (from left) Sharna Gray from Seaforth, Ashleigh Ball of South Mackay and Maddison Ingram from West Mackay. The trio is studying certificate 3 in beauty services at the Mackay City campus. Picture: Tara Miko

Health and education dominate CQU’s 2021 enrolments

Enrolments at CQUniversity’s Mackay campus are up 20 per cent on the previous school year with health and education related courses the most popular in this city.

The top five courses are the Bachelor of Medical Imaging, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and the Bachelor of Education (Primary).

Term 1 at CQUniversity begins on March 8, with new student orientation scheduled for this week.

This term also represents the first time CQUniversity will return to regular on-campus and mixed mode delivery since classes were moved to digital delivery to comply with COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.

A week out from term beginning, CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Nick Klomp said data suggested overall enrolments were up almost 30 per cent on the same time last year.

Mackay’s 20 per cent jump includes both on-campus and online study mode enrolments.

“We are really excited to be welcoming increased numbers of new students to CQUniversity in 2021,” Professor Klomp said.

“This is positive news and a welcome silver lining following COVID disruptions in 2020.

CQU Vice Chancellor and President Nick Klomp. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
CQU Vice Chancellor and President Nick Klomp. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE

“We are witnessing growth across various disciplines and regions with health and science-related courses generating a sharp increase in interest and enrolments.

“Enrolments for courses including paramedic science, medical science, medical imaging and physiotherapy are currently up by around 40 per cent on the same time last year.

“Demand for other allied health and public health courses is also very high.

“Potentially this interest could be linked to the importance of health professionals in managing the ongoing global pandemic.

“Courses like nursing and engineering also continue to be popular choices.”

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Prof Klomp said enrolments in arts, humanities and business- related courses remained steady despite recent changes to the Federal Government funding model increasing student contribution to tuition fees in these disciplines.

“We are seeing still solid demand for courses like digital media, law and criminology,” he said.

Professor Klomp said this trend did not surprise him as he thought students would still continue to enrol in the courses that interested them.

“Last year, when this funding model was announced, my advice to students considering university was to block out the background noise and decide where their passions lie, to focus on how they want to make an impact in the world.

“After all, the only person who gets to decide what your career and study paths looks like, is you.”

Applications for study in Term 1 at CQUniversity are still open for vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For more information, please visit www.cqu.edu.au/applynow.

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