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Big interest in short courses

The University of Southern Queensland has seen a surge in demand for short courses with double the expected applications for the online programs.

The discounted short courses were announced earlier this year as part of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Relief Package and cover a range of disciplines including health, IT, engineering and agriculture.

The six-month undergraduate and postgraduate certificate programs consist of four subjects studied over one semester, helping people looking to reskill or change career paths.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said interest had been very strong with the University receiving double the expected applications.

“In particular, the education and psychology courses are in great demand,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“There is a clear need for this initiative, and why we must all continue to be adaptable in these uncertain times.

“We understand that it has been a difficult time for many Queenslanders still dealing with changes in personal circumstances and job insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The purpose of these short programs is to help those impacted, offering them an opportunity to re-skill, gain knowledge and potentially reassess what career path they want to follow.”

The short courses are among a series of initiatives designed to support potential students in taking their next step in their education journey. These include the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program, Early Offer Program, and Become Rewarded Scholarships.

“We will continue to be ready and able to meet challenges and ensure our students’ hard work will result in a life-changing university qualification,” Professor Mackenzie said.

Three students sitting outside
Students (L to R) Jessica Saggers (Bachelor of Education), Arthur Van Der Vennet (Bachelor of Aviation) and Sapphire Hamill (Bachelor of Business and Commerce) at USQ Springfield.