Kasukabe uni cements bond with Fraser Coast

USQ’s status as a local university with global connections was reinforced when the university officially recognised its relationship with Kasukabe’s Kyoei University in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the document’s signing symbolised the dynamic connection between the two organisations.

“Our association with Kyoei University continues to grow and is indicative of the hard work being done between both institutions,” Professor Thomas said.

Kyoei handshake

Kyoei University President Akira Kato (left) and USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer celebrate the signing of an MOU, supported by Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell and university staff.

USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said that yesterday (Wednesday June 5, 2015) was an exciting day for the USQ and the Fraser Coast region.

“In April last year, USQ’s Michelle Hay and Kate Kuzma, through the Kasukabe International Friendship Association, visited the Japanese city 30km north of Tokyo to connect with Kyoei University, Mr Langabeer said.

“That connection led to the visit of Kyoei University President Akira Kato to USQ Fraser Coast to look at developing business between the two universities.

“Yesterday, President Kato and USQ, under an MOU between the two institutions have agreed USQ Fraser Coast will host 30 Japanese students in 2017.

“That intake will lay the foundation for the annual participation of their students in an intensive English program in Semester 1 followed by four business courses in Semester 2.

“This builds on the relationship that started last weekend with the arrival of 20 students in Hervey Bay on a study tour.”

Mr Langabeer said the MOU ensured Japanese students would travel to Australia studying English and business into the future, bringing great opportunities for USQ and the Fraser Coast region.

“It adds culture and diversity and has far-reaching benefits for both universities,” he said.

“USQ is thankful to the Kasukabe International Friendship Association that helped ignite this relationship, which on all indications will prosper in the future.

“We’re very excited about Kyoei’s global education strategy, which has been very innovative in how they connect with other countries and universities to give their students opportunities to diversify, develop their English skills and look for job opportunities.”

President Kato said he was “much pleased” with Kyoei University’s relationship with USQ.

“Education in English and business will make our students more familiar with English conversation and open their eyes to the world,” he said.

“I aim to make my university be more globalised with greater assistance with USQ.

“Globalisation will progress to better understanding and support for my people and government.”


Feature photo: The Japanese Garden in Toowoomba, Qld, is the largest traditionally designed Japanese Garden in Australia.

Aboriginal students beat study blues

LEARNING has rarely been so much fun for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students who attend semi-weekly study sessions at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast.

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the University was proud to host the Deadly-Cation Study Group in partnership with UnitingCare, Community Education Counsellors and the Hervey Bay and Urangan state high schools.

“Up to 30 school students meet at the campus in Hervey Bay every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for assistance with English and Maths,” Professor Thomas said.


Lane Stagg of Hervey Bay High School joins the Deadly-Cation Study Group.

“The relaxed and motivated environment offers the students full access to computers for assignments and teachers onsite to answer questions.”

UnitingCare Community’s Parental and Community Engagement Program (PaCE) manager Gayle Minniecon said the group’s success was a credit to team leader Lesa Stagg and her staff.

“Students have engaged with the classes and welcoming Year 7s early this year swelled numbers to around 30 students,” Ms Minniecon said.

“Periodically we ask people from the community to speak on topics such as education, applying for jobs, motivation, school attendance, bullying, strength and being a positive role model.

“Students are sending messages of thanks and excitement as their results are improving. This has really boosted their self-esteem and encouraged them to strive harder.

“On behalf of the students, parents and teachers at Deadly-Cation Study Group, I thank USQ Fraser Coast for the space.

“The continued support and endless community spirit of Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer and staff is heart-warming. We are truly grateful. Without their assistance there wouldn’t be a study group.

“I know the students feel really at home on campus. They feel welcomed and pretty deadly being there too, which makes it very easy for them to concentrate on their studies.”

Student quotes:

  • “Study Group ROCKS! Best food, best juice, lovely people and heaps of computers. My marks have never been higher.” – Chelsea, Year 11, Urangan High School.
  • “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work in the Deadly-Cation group it’s really helped me in all of my classes. I have improved in my English and maths. The teachers were great to work with and good help. It’s been good fun, the Uni is a cool space to work, lots of computers, and the food was really good.” – Bernie, Year 10, Hervey Bay High School.
  • “Thank you for using your time to help us and giving us the opportunity to succeed in our work. I love coming to the uni to study and I love this group and I have achieved higher marks in most of my subjects.” – Lanaya, Year 8, Hervey Bay High School.
  • “Just want to say thanks to you and the teachers for starting up the Deadly-Cation Study Group. My grades are really good, and I can understand my Maths. I really like the study room, oh and the food is really good too.” – Kyle, Year 10, Hervey Bay High School.



Survivor tackles university study at 64 years

UNCLE Greg Eaton is a survivor of lymphatic cancer, open heart surgery and being hit by a train. Now, with an attitude that every day is a bonus, he is embarking on higher education challenge to help save the environment.

The 64-year-old Aboriginal Elder from the Tagalaka people of North Queensland calls the Fraser Coast home and recently graduated from University of Southern Queensland’s Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).

Uncle Greg said the six-month IHEPP program served as a stepping stone for him to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (Environment and Sustainability), starting next month.

“Every 10 years I like to do something different and my children (aged 22, 29 and 32 years) have inspired me to start university,” the former Youth Justice program development officer said.

“My son works in civil engineering, one daughter is working for Queensland Health after completing a diploma in childcare, and my youngest daughter has completed a university degree in criminology and graduates in March.

“I also have a cousin who is studying at USQ Toowoomba and urged me to choose this university.”

Taking up tertiary studies at 64 years of age isn’t fazing Uncle Greg who is no stranger to challenges.

“In 1996 when I had open heart surgery for a triple bypass they found I had lymphatic cancer. They had to fix my heart before I could have chemotherapy.

“I’m now in remission but still have major problems with my spine from an accident in 1975 when I was hit by a train. I was coming home from work in the back of a truck. It was a drizzly afternoon and the driver didn’t see the train coming.”

Photo: USQ’s Leah Jackat (right) congratulates Aboriginal Elder Uncle Greg Eaton on graduating from the IHEPP program tomorrow.