Member for Wright Scott Buchholz today announced forty scholarships would be available to international and domestic students to study in Gatton next year.
Mr Buchholz said $1,864,500 had been allocated for the University of Queensland at Gatton to offer the scholarships, as part of the Liberal National Governments $93.7 million Destination Australia program.
Mr Buchholz said UQ would provide a total of forty scholarships, twenty for domestic students and another twenty for international students.
“The Lockyer Valley has a great story to tell the world, the Gatton campus is a leading example in education and research, particularly on agriculture and food science. These scholarships will help the Gatton campus to attract international and domestic students and export leading local knowledge,” Mr Buchholz said.
Destination Australia provides scholarships worth $15,000 a year to students who study at a university or vocational education provider in a rural or regional area.
Mr Buchholz said he wanted the region to have a greater share of the $35 billion contributed to the Australian economy last year from international education.
“Attracting more students to study in the Lockyer Valley will be good for our community, good for local businesses and good for tourism.
“Our Government’s Destination Australia program is helping to attract more students to study in regional Australia and it will help the local economy grow, by promoting the Lockyer Valley as a hub not only for food production, but research, science and knowledge, making the region an attractive study destination.
Students can apply directly to institutions. Successful tertiary education providers can be found at www.education.gov.au/destination-australia.