Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 15/06/2005, pg. 37

SOUTHEAST Queensland’s newest university campus will open its doors for semester one next year with up to 400 domestic and international students.

The university is part of the Greater Springfield vision, a $2.5 billion development covering 3000ha to create Australia’s largest master-planned community to accommodate 60,000 people in the next 20 years.

Springfield is 23km southwest of Brisbane’s CBD and forms part of the western development corridor identified in the State Government’s southeast regional plan.

Toowoomba’s University of Southern Queensland decided last year to create a Springfield campus to enable it to attract students from the state’s fastest-growing urban development.

Education throughout life is a focus of the development, with childcare, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, TAFE, university and lifelong-learning facilities all part of an Education City scheme.

USQ’s Springfield campus will feature a 350-seat auditorium, 14 lecture theatres, 20 teaching rooms, two computer laboratories, a multi-media room and wireless Internet connections in every room designed for technology-savvy students.

Construction of the campus has begun and the first building is due for completion in December. The first student intake will comprise 300 first-year bachelor-degree students in business, commerce, business administration, education and psychology and 100 post-graduate students.

“We have 140 HECS places approved but we will be subsidising another few hundred places,” campus manager Doug Fraser said.

The campus will eventually cater for 7000 on-campus students, the same number who study on-site at the parent university in Toowoomba.

Mr Fraser said the location would suit students, especially those who wanted to work part-time because Springfield had a booming job market because of nearby industrial, retail, health and entertainment precincts.

Students will also be able to fast-track their degrees by studying a third semester over the Christmas break.

By 2007, second-year subjects will be offered on campus and by 2008, third-year subjects.

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