Minister for Tertiary Education Chris Evans with SCU vice chancellor, Peter Lee at the Gold Coast campus' new building.
Minister for Tertiary Education Chris Evans with SCU vice chancellor, Peter Lee at the Gold Coast campus' new building. Mairi Manley

Federal Minister impressed SCU campus visit

DONNING a hard hat and fluoro vest, the federal minister for tertiary education Chris Evans set off on a tour of the new building at Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus on Tuesday.

"This is my first visit to the campus," he said.

"I'm very impressed."

With the Gold Coast showing a marked shortfall in student enrolments for local students compared to the cities, Mr Evans said it was important to give Gold Coast students the same opportunities as others round Australia.

"One of the government's objectives is to create access for Tweed Heads and Gold Coast students," he said.

"Traditionally university access has been dominated by well-to-do students.

"We want to create social equity.

"The future of Australia depends on educating our future workforce to a high standard.

"There are potential students with ability that need to gain the opportunity to reach their full potential."

Vice chancellor of SCU, Professor Peter Lee said the campus' new building was due to be opened by January.

"In the next three weeks there will be access to the first six floors," he said.

The scaffolding is coming down as each floor gets fitted out for use at the start of the 2013 academic year.

"It's very exciting," Prof Lee said.

A third building is already designed and building will start as soon as planning approval is granted.

"It's all ready to go," Prof Lee said.

The Gold Coast campus constructions will cost $100million.



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