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The need for a university

Bernard Salt, one of Australia's leading experts on demographics said: "the Moreton Bay Regional Council area is in my view the best location for a new university campus in Australia based on current and future demographics. A local, major higher-education campus will unlock job opportunities and supercharge this region's economic development and prosperity."

With around 613,000 residents in the Greater Moreton Bay Region, it could sustain around 67,000 university students 18-24 year olds in the Moreton Bay Region by 2031.

Mr Salt made the case for a major new university in our region, saying such a campus could generate:

  • 10,000 university students by 2033 and 20,000 students at capacity
  • Create over 2,200 ongoing jobs for the Greater Moreton Bay Region by 2031
  • 100 direct construction jobs each year from 2016-30
  • 250 additional ongoing jobs in the local education and health sector from 2031
  • $950 million of economic benefit for the region.

View the Demographic Case for a University in the Greater Moreton Region [PDF 6.6MB] by Bernard Salt

Appointing a partner

Council appointed independent firm KPMG to undertake an Expression of Interest process with suitably qualified higher-education providers to establish a university campus at the former Petrie Paper Mill site. The process is complete and the University of the Sunshine Coast has been appointed as the preferred provider for an exciting new university campus in the Moreton Bay Region.

USC is a Queensland-based university and is ranked as one of Australia's top universities for teaching quality.

For 11 consecutive years, USC has received a five-star rating for teaching quality from the independently published Good Universities Guide.

USC has also achieved higher than average participation rates for low socio-economic status students, proving to be a highly inclusive university provider.

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Size of the campus

USC will develop a major new university campus at Petrie which will be in equal status to its campus at Sippy Downs. The new campus will be called USC Moreton Bay.

USC Moreton Bay is expected to cater for up to 10,000 students within the first 10 years, starting from the year 2020.

Course offerings

USC Moreton Bay will have a comprehensive offering of courses including law, business, science, engineering and many specialty courses such as mechatronics.

It is expected this course offering will grow to more than 100 courses within 10 years of the campus' operation.

USC has a broad range of preparatory classes to assist people transition into university study including those people who may not finish Year 12, or have been in the workforce for some time and are returning to study.

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