CQUni and CCIQ join forces to create opportunities in regional Queensland

Wednesday 6 January, 2016 | By: Default Admin | Tags: CQU, innovation, entrepreneurship

CQUniversity Australia is pleased to announce a major new corporate partnership deal with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), that will see the two organisations working together to create opportunities in regional Queensland.

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman met with new CCIQ President Theresa Moltoni, in Brisbane to sign off on the agreement, last month.

As part of the agreement, CQUniversity will partner with CCIQ to promote undergraduate and postgraduate programs to CCIQ members and their employees, bridge the gap between academia and industry, identify research linkages and establish programs and ideas to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the regions.

The agreement will be in place over two years and will focus on areas including Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Emerald, Yeppoon, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Biloela and Bundaberg.

Professor Scott Bowman explained that the partnership has come about at a very opportune time following an announcement by the Federal Government last week of a $1.1 billion ideas boom package.

“CQUniversity has a physical presence across Australia and with campuses servicing many of Queensland’s busiest regional centres, we have known for a long time that tremendous opportunity exists in the regions.

“We’re looking forward to working with CCIQ and their members to uncover more opportunities for advancement and to help encourage and nurture regional innovation. The timing to do so has never been better!

“We think this partnership will open up exciting new ways for us to engage with small business and industry, and I firmly believe that over the next two years we will achieve a lot by working together,” said Professor Bowman.

CCIQ President Theresa Moltoni agreed with this sentiment saying that there is a lot to be gained by businesses working directly with Australia’s largest regional university.

“Going forward this partnership will be a vital link between academia, creative student thinking and business innovation.

“CQUniversity and CCIQ will be able to highlight and showcase the importance of education and research when it comes to innovation and the advancement of small business and industry in regional Queensland.

“CQUniversity just like CCIQ, is looking to be a central driver of business and growth in the future economy of Queensland.

“Together we will build on our shared values of engagement inclusiveness, leadership and innovation, and our partnership will create valuable outcomes and real results for the students and businesses involved,” said Ms Moltoni.

CQUniversity and CCIQ have already met to discuss activity for the next six months, with plans in place to host a series of roundtables and launch a whitepaper, in early 2016.

Both activities will focus on regional issues and innovation, and how to bring about successful futures for regional communities and businesses.

CQUniversity’s Dean of Business and Law, Professor Lee Di Milia, CCIQ’s President Theresa Moltoni and CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Scott Bowman (pictured below) at the announcement in Brisbane.

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