Southern Cross University to attract more students with $15m extra funding

Published 5 February 2021
man on left and female on right with podium in middle Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews (right) with Vice Chancellor Tyrone Carlin

The Gold Coast is already an attractive place to live and study, but a funding injection by the Morrison Government is expected to encourage even more students to the city.

Southern Cross University, with campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour, will receive $15 million over four years, including $9.2 million in 2021 to deliver short courses and national priority places.

Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews, made the announcement today at the University’s Gold Coast campus.

She said the investment will help Australians gain the skills and qualifications needed to drive our economic recovery.

“Our Government is providing more university places for Australians to study in areas of national priority like teaching, engineering, health, languages and agriculture, and we are also making it cheaper to study those subjects,” Mrs Andrews said.

“We have created up to 30,000 additional university places for Australian students through our Budget funding and Job-ready Graduates package.

“This is delivering on our plan to support more Australians to study degrees that lead to jobs.”

Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Tyrone Carlin, said the funding would help deliver courses in health, psychology, teaching, information technology, business, regenerative agriculture and engineering.

“Southern Cross has a strong track record of providing high-quality courses for excellent students and this funding is a welcome addition to that momentum,” Professor Carlin said.

“With this funding boost we can encourage even more students to the region, which is terrific for Southern Cross, as well as local jobs and businesses.”

Media contact: Charles Wood 0407 794 744 scumedia@scu.edu.au