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CQU to close its Fiji campus

Friday, January 26, 2007

CENTRAL Queensland University's Fiji campus will be closed this year to allow resources to be directed towards expanding its Pacific education services in New Zealand.

The expansion plans are expected to start from March 1 this year.

The development means that the estimated 350 students enrolled at CQU Fiji who wish to continue studies at CQU will have to do so either by distance education or by relocating to the university's Rock-hampton campus in Australia or its New Zealand campus.

"CQU will help facilitate transfers to other institutions in Fiji such as the University of the South Pacific for students staying in Fiji,"said CQU Vice Chancellor and president John Rickard in a statement yesterday.

"CQU is committed to servicing our students and affording them every opportunity to complete their degree without interruption."He said the sustainability of CQU Fiji had been questionable for some time.

He said international students were not choosing Fiji as a destination because it was no longer viable and they were able to offer their students alternative choices.

Mr Rickard said CQU would still actively encourage and facilitate student mobility and exchange in their region from its larger and more modern facilities in New Zealand, a comprehensive campus offering 10 CQU programs.

"Where there are obstacles, there are also opportunities to ensure that students from Fiji or elsewhere can have the benefit of an Australian university education and we are pleased to be able to do that,"he said