Toowoomba is known as an education capital, not just in Queensland, but around the country. A driving force behind this reputation is the prevalence of two world-class tertiary educations in Toowoomba, The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Tafe South West.
University of Southern Queensland
USQ has forged a reputation as one of Australia's leading providers of on-campus and online education tertiary education programs. With more than 75 per cent of its student studying via distance, USQ is the second largest online education facilitator in Australia. USQ's primary campus is based in Toowoomba, however USQ campuses can also be found in Springfield, Ipswich and the Fraser Coast. The Toowoomba campus alone is home to more than 4,500 students studying in the areas of Business, Communications, Creative Arts, Health, Humanities, Education, Engineering and Spatial science, Information technology, Law and Sciences. USQ also offers the McGregor Summer School, which is run annually by the Toowoomba campus and is one of the largest and longest running performance, visual and creative arts programs.
USQ is also home to a number of world-renowned research institutes, including the Australian Digital Futures Institute, the Institute for Agriculture and the Environment and the Institute for Resilient Regions. In addition to this, the Centre of Excellence in Engineering Fibre Composites (CEEFC) found at the USQ Toowoomba campus is considered to be one of the key research centres for Austraila.
More information regarding courses and programs offered at USQ can be found at their website:
TAFE South West
TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced
provider of vocational education and training in the state, offering practical, industry-relevant training to more than
120,000 students annually, across more than 500 program areas.
TAFE provides highly localised, flexible and customised services in 10 locations across the western region, delivering tailored training from industry experienced trainers.
This is done onsite, online or at their location, with 80% of courses offering flexible learning options.
TAFE works with businesses to:
» Maximise training budgets
» Develop tailored training, including workforce development plans
» Develop customised non-accredited programs to address specific business requirements
» Develop a succession plan, by reviewing current and future needs, skill gaps and career progressions.
TAFE supports students through:
» Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessors to fast-track qualifications
» Courses that are endorsed by employers and industry
» Educators that are trained to respond to the diverse needs of students
The University of the Third Age (U3A) believes you’re never too old to learn new skills. The Toowoomba U3A is for retired or semi-retired people over the age of 50, keen to meet new people and learn new skills. Courses are offered in a range of areas including sport, languages, technology, dance, geology, history, craft and gardening. They currently have more than 1350 members and offer 135 courses each week, all at a low cost. For more information call (07) 4687 7659 or visit their website: