Sunshine Coast Daily Article | 6th April 2018 | Stuart Cumming

FOREIGN dollars are expected to flow back to benefit Coast university students with the launch of a new metropolitan campus. The University of the Sunshine Coast has solidified its stake in central Sydney with the opening of a campus to accommodate foreign students. It comes after the university partnered with Australian Technical and Management College in 2016 to open campuses in Sydney in Melbourne. Those campuses, which are run by the college, had been shared with other universities.

University of the Sunshine Coast Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill was in Sydney yesterday to open a campus exclusively for his university’s students. Professor Hill said more opportunities for part-time work and existing large Asian communities tended to draw students from that part of the world to big cities. “That’s just where they tend to gravitate,” Professor Hill said. He said their business was too important not to cater for, with course fee revenue funding new buildings and staff at the university’s Sippy Downs and other campuses. About 600 students have enrolled at the Sydney campus this year and that is expected to rise to 1000 by the end of the year. “It is a really important income stream for us.”

He said, for example, the university would get about $20,000 a year from international business students while it would get about $11,000 from domestic students. “It’s millions of dollars a year they are bringing in.” Professor Hill said it was also about providing a environment where students could study with people from other cultures.