Skilling Queensland

THE University of Queensland and the Queensland Resources Council this week signed a memorandum of understanding addressing skills shortages and research collaboration.
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Paul Greenfield and Michael Roche sign the MoU.

Angie Tomlinson

“UQ is about to begin a $A100 million revitalisation of its engineering precinct, and the partnerships bolstered by this QRC alliance will reinforce the impact of Australian/Queensland government funds that are supporting the new precinct,” UQ vice-chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield said.

“The future of UQ’s contributions to the industries that underpin regional, state and national economies will depend not just on state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, but also on collaborations such as those that will emerge from this agreement.”

QRC chief executive Michael Roche said despite the global recession, skills shortages still existed and this would become increasingly evident as global demand for minerals and energy commodities started to rebound.

“It’s in the interests of all Queenslanders to ensure that we are not caught short for the next upturn, while at the same time providing new and exciting career opportunities for bright young people,” he said.

Roche said the recently completed Bradley Review of Higher Education in Australia was a pointer to the future.

“Mission-lead universities not only enhance the alignment between education and research outcomes for the resources sector, but also increase the quality of student education experiences.”

Roche said that with the sector’s workforce continuing to age and in expectation that retirements would accompany economic recovery, demand for skills would rise steadily again.