Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wants STEM school to be part of new university plan at Petrie
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was this week full of praise for the proposed new university at Petrie.
She stopped short of a funding commitment, but said she did want Moreton high schools coordinating with the university.
“The State Government is keen for this to be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) centre,” she said. “That means students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will be able to be incorporated with the university on this site, which fits in with our Advance Queensland agenda.”
STEM subjects are seen as crucial to innovation, meeting the challenges of changes in the way we live and work.
Moreton Bay Region Mayor Allan Sutherland said state and federal support was essential to the delivery of the university.
“We would be over the moon if we got the State Government over the line with STEM schools,” he said.
“We will continue to speak with the state and federal governments about support into the future.”
On Monday, Ms Palaszczuk visited the site of the proposed University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) campus, where the disused Amcor Paper Mill stands.
The premier, accompanied by state Labor MPs for Kallangur, Shane King and Pine Rivers, Nikki Boyd viewed demolition work on the old mill.
“The addition of higher education places will ensure the economic strength of this important growth corridor and is very much in line with the Government’s Advance Queensland agenda,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
A spokesman for the premier said any formal approach for funding would be assessed on its merits.
Source: Quest News