Member for Groom John McVeigh said 49 scholarships would be available to international and domestic students to study in Toowoomba next year.
Dr McVeigh said tertiary education providers in the Toowoomba region had been provided with more than $1.2 million to offer the scholarships through the Coalition Government’s $93.7 million Destination Australia program.
Destination Australia provides scholarships worth $15,000 a year to students who study at a regional university or vocational education provider.
In Toowoomba there will be:
- Five scholarships at the Toowoomba campus of Queensland Rural Medical Education;
- 10 scholarships at the Toowoomba campus of TAFE Queensland; and
- 34 scholarships at the Toowoomba campus of the University of Southern Queensland.
“Our region has a great story to tell and we can be an attractive destination for international and domestic students,” Dr McVeigh said.
“That’s why I have worked with local providers and the Education Minister to secure these scholarships for our electorate.
“Attracting more students to study in our region will be good for our community, good for local businesses and good for tourism.
“International students who study in regional Australia rate their living and learning experience higher than students based in metropolitan centres yet just three per cent of our 690,000 international students were enrolled in regional Australia last year.
“Our Government’s Destination Australia program is helping to attract more students to study in regional Australia and we can help by promoting Toowoomba and the Darling Downs as an attractive study destination because of our lifestyle, lower cost of living and smaller class sizes.”
Students can apply directly to institutions. Successful tertiary education providers can be found at www.education.gov.au/destination-australia.
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