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University path for RGS Agriculture Students

17th Sep 2019

Students who complete a Certificate III in Agriculture at The Rockhampton Grammar School will be able to arrange direct entry to study a Bachelor of Agriculture degree at CQUniversity.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Monday (16 September) commits both organisations to encouraging and facilitating this pathway for eligible RGS students who meet the entry requirements and gain a letter of recommendation from their Headmaster.

This MOU is an extension of the strong relationship between CQUni and RGS, which features access to Belmont Station for the School’s agriculture students. Belmont is owned by producer group AgForce and is run as a livestock research facility by CQUniversity.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp welcomed the opportunity to deepen collaboration and links with The Rockhampton Grammar School, ensuring that home-grown Ag students continue to hone their career prospects in Central Queensland.

“Our agribusiness, cropping and livestock industries are booming, despite the drought, but employers still require a new generation of young people with cutting-edge knowledge and skills,” Professor Klomp says.

“That’s why our degree focus is on practical, hands-on training alongside blue-sky thinking and technological innovation.”

“CQUni Ag students can look forward to industry placements in their second and third year.”

Professor Klomp said CQUniversity was planning to work with a range of VET providers, in future, to open up fresh pathways into the Bachelor of Agriculture degree.

RGS Headmaster Phillip Moulds said the MOU initiative would be an important means of ensuring more Central Queensland secondary school students have the opportunity to continue their education locally.

Dr Moulds said Agriculture is an important economic pillar for Queensland, and Central Queensland as a region, so it only makes sense that we work together in facilitating a regional pathway from Prep to all the way to potentially a PhD.

“The Rockhampton Grammar School is proud to lead the way for the region in Agricultural education,” Dr Moulds said.

Head of Agriculture at RGS, Hardy Manser said the relationship between RGS and CQU is important to ensure that our students are best prepared for what is a dynamic future workforce.

“This has been successfully integrated via our Certificate program, in partnership with CQUniversity and AgForce’s Belmont Research Station, but is now going to the next step with this new articulation.”

“With over 40 per cent of jobs predicted to change in the next 15 years due to automation and other economic influences, it is critical we prepare our students to be complex problem solvers and equipped for transdisciplinary engagement in what is an increasingly complex technology based agricultural industry,’’ Mr Manser said.

“A Bachelor in Agriculture from CQUniversity is a great way to maximise the students’ preparation for their future as Grammarians engaged in Agriculture”.