My name is Barb. I am work in the UQ library on the Herston campus and, like most Australians, I recognise the importance of having a smarter Queensland and a smarter Australia – which means trained professionals in our communities. This, however, is now at risk with this government’s proposed cut of $2.3billion to our higher education sector.
At the University of Queensland we are currently preparing around 45,000 students for our future workforce – 12,000 of whom are postgraduate students. They will graduate to become doctors, nurses, and allied health practitioners, scientists, teachers, architects, lawyers, engineers, business and management specialists - the list is almost endless. The University of Queensland has a strong focus on science and research and produces world class researchers and innovators.
UQ provides students with opportunities, choices and support that will enable them to achieve their individual aspirations, to become leaders in their chosen fields and to positively impact on the society in which they live.This ensures our future society gets the best workforce – ensuring our kids get a quality education and that we have a good health system, among other great services. Any cuts to any of our courses will reduce the number of professionally trained graduates entering our workforce.
For all these reasons I am urging our Federal Minister for Higher Education, Craig Emerson, to aim higher for education.
Join me and thousands of others - who have already shown their disapproval - and send a message to our government to value our tertiary education sector. Start by telling them to aim higher for education by signing this petition.