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Student numbers smash forecasts

By Emily Harrison

USC Moreton Bay, Queensland’s newest university based at Petrie, will soon have 3000 students enrolled, far more than originally forecast for its second year.

Despite the impacts of COVID-19 on international student numbers, the influx of domestic students at USC Moreton Bay has helped a 10 percent enrolment increase overall for USC, which has campuses from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.

The campus was going from strength to strength, with USC become the university of choice for the region’s resident, says USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Helen Bartlett.

Fast growing

“The plan was for Moreton Bay to have 2400 enrolments this year and it has already reached 3000,” Professor Bartlett says.

Orientation activities will be held at USC Moreton Bay next week (February 24-25) to welcome 1400 new students for Semester 1, 2021 which starts on Monday March 1.

Professor Bartlett said after just one year of having a campus at Moreton Bay, USC now had the highest market share of QTAC first preferences for the region.

Bright future

“USC recently became the university of choice for first preferences in Moreton Bay and it’s a sign of things to come as people in the regions embrace the opportunity to study closer to home,” she says.

“It’s good news for the economy here too. The study and research programs at the Moreton Bay campus have been tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of this region to help build capacity and drive growth.

“We also know that the vast majority of graduates from here are likely to stay and work in the region.”

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