12 February 2007

Sustainable business management and new dual degrees are some of the new study options at The University of Queensland this year.

UQ Gatton is offering a Bachelor of Business (Sustainable Enterprise Management) program which gives a professional business degree and skills to manage businesses that are profitable as well as environmentally and socially sustainable.

Course coordinator Paul Dargusch said students would learn skills to tackle environmental and social challenges such as climate change, rising fuel prices and diminishing water resources.

Mr Dargusch said the program would also focus on improving the understanding of new markets for environmentally sustainable products, carbon trading and better business and social relations.

“The big advantage of the degree is that you can still get the jobs you can get with a traditional business degree but this opens up new career opportunities in international development, environmental management and emerging business ventures,” Mr Dargusch said.

An advisory panel of leading environmental, mining and business leaders is being formed to guide course content and opportunities for international student exchanges and work experience.

Graduates can expect to work in marketing and mining, strategic consultancy, international development and aid, new product development, natural resource management and conservation, banking, finance and insurance and in government.

UQ has 72 dual degrees this year with many combinations including science/arts, environmental management/law to arts/medicine.

New dual degrees include the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies)/Bachelor of Business Management and a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Economics.

Most dual degrees take less time and money to finish than studying two separate programs.

New programs at UQ Ipswich include a Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Human Services and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing.

The human services program, which includes 400 hours work placement, prepares students for work in a range of human rights and social justice areas.

Indigenous health and health service management majors have also been added to the Bachelor of Health Sciences program.

A Graduate Certificate and Master of Engineering in power generation will also be offered for the first time in 2007, to provide engineers and other professionals working in the power sector with expert skills to reduce the engineering skills shortage.

Other new UQ study options include postgraduate programs in Integrated Water Management and Graduate Certificates in Executive Leadership and in Research Commercialisation.

New courses from UQ’s Faculty of Business Economics and Law include Economic Institutions and Global Banking and Adventure Recreation and Tourism which explores community recreation and the leisure industry.

For more information: www.uq.edu.au/study
MEDIA: Miguel Holland at UQ Communications (3365 2619)