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Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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Twins engineer careers, find they mirror each other 

Gladstone twins Luke and Nicholas Linwood not only mirror each other in appearance. Their career ambitions in the field of engineering are almost a perfect reflection too.

The only discernable difference is that they are considering folllowing different discipline streams, civil and electrical respectively, after completing their foundation studies with CQUniversity.

PhotoID:12793, Nicholas (left) and Luke paired up as mentors for high school students involved in an 'Energy for the Future' event at Gladstone Campus recently
Nicholas (left) and Luke paired up as mentors for high school students involved in an 'Energy for the Future' event at Gladstone Campus recently

The Linwood twins were among six CQUniversity winners of the Queensland Resources Council Students for the Future program bursaries valued at $1000, featuring networking events with fellow recipients and Queensland minerals and energy companies, site visits, mentoring, and resources sector careers guidance and information. The other CQUniversity winners were engineering students Aishling McLeod, Luke Reid, Matt McKenzie and Matthew Robinson.

Luke says he's always been intrigued by engineering and technology.

"You can change the world, for the better, and make the impossible possible.  I started strongly considering a career in engineering when in year 10, three years ago, during which time I took up the opportunity to do work experience at the Gladstone Ports Corporation," he said.

"The physical practices and academic milestones I have undertaken and achieved throughout my first term of being at CQUniversity have allowed me to see my choice to undertake in a career in the engineering sector in a positive and rewarding light."

Nicholas says it's fascinating how engineering effects the way we live our lives through the design and manufacture of machines, engines, power plants and thousands of other implementations.

"In my final year of high school I attended an Engineering Link program which gave me first-hand experience in the field of engineering, including its applications, effects and place in the world. Each of these things has influenced my decision to consider a career path," he said.

"I have enjoyed the challenges of the practical components of the course that have complemented the theoretical knowledge that we have learnt. The teamwork within each  of our projects has been interesting as well as a steep learning curve as we all endeavour to demonstrate the attributes which define a professional engineer."

Luke and Nicholas are both looking forward to participating in two six-month-long work placements later in their degrees, as part of the Bachelor of Engineering Co-op/Diploma of Professional Practice program structure.

Luke notes that he and Nicholas have been in the same classes all through their schooling and have studied the same subjects.

"We were both good at the same subjects and achieved pretty much the same grades. Our interest in all things maths-based made engineering a good choice for a career.  This career choice will hopefully allow us to have a positive impact on the world around us.  We look forward to the challenge."