University enrolments holding steady despite handover
UNIVERSITY enrolments on the Fraser Coast for the coming year are holding steady despite the impending takeover from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
It was announced last year USC would control the University of Southern Queensland from February 1.
But USC Vice-Chancellor and president Greg Hill has said the student enrolment numbers are going well.
Mr Hill said USQ data showed the university campus had about 800 students - including about half which studied part-time or online.
"As of 12 Dec we had 120 students already enrolled at USC-Fraser Coast for 2016," he said.
"These largely represent students already studying at the campus who are transferring across to USC degrees."
Due to degree rules at both universities, students moving into their third year of study are unable to transfer between universities.
"In addition to the students who have already transferred there are already 200 first preference applications from students intending to commence study in 2016," he said.
"These will represent mainly school leavers and with non-school leavers traditionally applying later, we are confident USC will commence 2016 with very close to, or above, the total student load typical of the campus in recent years."
Mr Hill said the university was keen to work with the community to promote opportunities on the Fraser Coast.
"Based on what is happening in other parts of Queensland or in the local area we will be aiming for thousands of students at USC Fraser Coast within a couple of years," he said.
The university changes hands on February 1.