Boasting more than 200 international and domestic education providers including three major universities, the Gold Coast is being recognised globally for its education offerings.
Shannon Willoughby, CEO of Study Gold Coast says it is no accident the Gold Coast is being positioned as an education destination of choice. She says Study Gold Coast is using the sector to raise the profile of the city both nationally and internationally.
“The growth of the education sector is a key part of further diversifying the Gold Coast economy,’’ says Willoughby.
“Not so long ago tourism was the only drawcard for the city and it became trapped in boom and bust cycles. Now, the city is growing larger, the economy is diversifying and the economy is becoming much more stable.”
Willoughby says the education industry is now Australia’s third largest export industry and globally Australia is the third most sought after education destination in the world. Study Gold Coast is working to ensure the city receives its fair share of international students.
With this in mind, More Gold Coast has chatted to the city’s three universities to uncover some of the most popular and innovative courses on offer to students…
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (SCU):
Speech pathologists assess and treat adults and children exhibiting acquired or congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language and swallowing. This distinctive degree at Southern Cross University educates students to become knowledgeable, skilled, empathetic, ethical and innovative professionals who are able to provide effective assessment and intervention for people of different ages.
Bachelor of Pedorthics (SCU):
Pedorthics is about keeping people mobile and getting the best performance from their feet, footwear or orthoses. Southern Cross University is the first in Australia to offer a Bachelor qualification in this field.
Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Griffith)
This is a specialised degree that teaches about the causes of crime and society’s response through the justice system to address them. It offers graduates career opportunities in policing and security, intelligence, probation and parole, child protection, crime analysis, courts and justice services, crime prevention and regulatory agencies.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Griffith)
A Biomedical Science degree offers students an understanding of health and the methods for diagnosing and treating disease. It is also one of a growing number of study environments using virtual reality technology to provide students with a truly immersive learning environment. The degree prepares graduates for work in hospitals, health departments, medical research institutes, university and government research organisations, and in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, biotechnology and other health-related industries.
Bachelor of Paramedicine (Griffith)
Demand for paramedics in South-East Queensland and Northern NSW currently exceeds supply and this degree prepares graduates for positions in this important field of community health. Through the degree, students are trained to work as a paramedic in a range of traditional and non-traditional settings and are skilled in clinical decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking. They learn about human body systems, paramedic practice, emergency treatment of disease and response to trauma.
Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice (Bond)
All Bond University’s Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice students complete an international nutrition project abroad to obtain a global perspective on nutrition and dietetics. Projects and activities focus on the entrepreneurial practice of nutrition and dietetics to develop business management, media and marketing skills.
Bachelor of Actuarial Science (Bond)
Emerging as a key growth sector of the 21st century, actuarial science applies elements of economics, finance, statistics and advanced mathematics to interpret, manage and evaluate risk. The Bachelor of Actuarial Science – developed and taught by Professor Terence O’Neill, one of Australia’s leading academic authorities in the field – is an innovative and immersive program that combines advanced mathematics, statistics, data analytics, actuarial risk theory, finance, economics and accounting with large-scale, real-life commercial data analysis to develop techniques for the management of risk and business decision making. Students will gain unparalleled access to Bond Business School’s two financial trading rooms and 40 Bloomberg terminals – the most of any university in Australia.
Juris Doctor (JD) (Bond)
Bond’s The Juris Doctor program is an approved degree for purposes of admission as a barrister or solicitor in all Australian jurisdictions. And in conjunction with further study, the program can be used to gain admission internationally, making it immensely popular with our large cohort of Canadian law students. Students learn Legal research and analysis, Legal writing and drafting, Negotiation and dispute resolution, Advocacy and oral presentation and Client interviewing and communication.
Bachelor of Interactive Media & Design (Bond)
The Bachelor of Interactive Media and Design program prepares communicators and designers for careers in the dynamic field of interactive media applied to a wide range of applications. The degree is founded on the growing market power of the creative industries, which are based on design, web and procedural communications. Specialisations within the degree include computer games and digital media design, advertising, film and television as well as communication. All students have complete access to the awesome Level Up Lab and Computing Lab which are specifically tailored for the development of desktop, mobile and console applications. These include virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, websites, apps and games.
Master of Advertising (Bond)
Throughout the Master of Advertising program, students will be actively involved in the day-to-day requirements and challenges of developing commercial campaign concepts and design communication initiatives for clients in a studio-based learning environment. Students have complete access to the Upper Basement Studio and other facilities which feature designated work areas, brainstorming spaces, a “chill out” zone and up to date design software and equipment easily accessible.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Bond)
Students of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) have complete access to the brand new architecture building, designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of CRAB Studio, London – the Abedian School of Architecture. A strong studio culture is driven by student collaboration, social engagement, and consistent one-on-one interaction with academic staff. The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab provides opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture.