The 2018 Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW this month over 17-18 September.

Joining us at the conference is Professor Trevor Davison, Associate Vice Chancellor: Western Australia, CQUniversity who will present on ‘Serving Regional Western Australia: The CQUniversity Experience’.


Professor Trevor Davison, Associate Vice-Chancellor

In this presentation I will describe how CQUniversity expanded its presence in regional Western Australia (WA) by opening new Study Hubs in Busselton and Broome, re-energised an existing Study Hub in Karratha and continued its successful partnership with the Geraldton Universities Centre. The university also opened a new campus in Perth CBD. This increased institutional presence in WA spans over 2,400 kms with a state population of nearly 2,500,000, most of which are located in Perth and surrounds.

After providing some brief contextual information, I will use specific examples focused on the conference topic of international and domestic education, universities and vocational training to highlight how CQUniversity is actively serving regional WA. These examples will be place-specific and serve to address that there are often important regional differences across a shared geography.

Inherent to each of these examples I will describe how the university has used an engagement strategy to identify and respond to different local needs, which in turn, resulted in a range of challenges that resulted in success, failure and puzzlement.

1. Regions have commonalities and differences.
2. Local aspirations are important to locals Regional.
3. Australians have as much right to quality education and training as any other Australians.


Professor Trevor Davison is the CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor for Western Australia. Trevor has worked for CQUniversity for over 12 years over three separate occasions: As an academic in Teacher Education, as the Director of the Mackay campus and in his current position. Trevor has extensive experience in establishing, leading and managing colleges and campuses in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates. He has also held senior positions in designing and managing institutional quality assurance systems and compliance with national and professional accreditation requirements. Trevor is a passionate educator with broad international experience in program design, management and delivery.

He has extensive teaching experience in both teacher education and vocational education, nationally and internationally. Qualifications – TEFL/TESOL Certificate: International TEFL Academy, USA – Diploma of Project Management: The Australian Institute of Management, Australia – PhD (Education Policy & Leadership): The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA – MA (Adult Education): The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA – Bachelor of Education: University of Queensland, Australia – Diploma of Teaching (TVET): Griffith University, Australia – City & Guilds Full Technological Certificate: Gateshead Technical College, UK

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