14 August 2007

When former US Vice President Al Gore speaks at the launch of Australia’s new Finance and Energy Stock Exchange (FEX) in Sydney next month, he’ll also be signalling the launch of a new partnership between UQ Gatton’s innovative Bachelor of Business program and FEX.

The Sydney-based FEX, which over the past 10 years has also developed Australia’s largest water entitlements exchange (www.waterexchange.com.au), will be one of the first market platforms globally to facilitate open trading in carbon credits.

Carbon credit trading has been heralded by politicians, business leaders and environmental experts alike as a critical component of a sustainable climate change management solution.

As a key foundation partner of the FEX, UQ Gatton holds a strong interest in such contemporary issues as sustainability.

Paul Dargusch coordinates the new Bachelor of Business program at UQ Gatton and is a member of the FEX Advisory Panel.

"Our partnership with FEX will involve industry in the delivery of our Bachelor of Business in Sustainable Enterprise Management program in ways that will open up tremendous employment opportunities for our graduates," he said.

"These types of partnerships with industry make our Business programs at UQ Gatton an excellent option for local students," Mr Dargusch said.

"We believe the program will appeal to students who can meet the entry requirement, which is expected to be around OP 17, who are interested in a career in management, who would like to continue to live locally while they study, and who would like to benefit from the reputation of one of the top universities in Australia.”

Prospective students interested in studying a Bachelor of Business in Sustainable Enterprise Management can gain more information by speaking with Mr Dargusch at the UQ Gatton Campus Open Day on Sunday, August 26 from 9.30am to 3pm, or by calling 1800 642 093.

Media: Further information/comment: Paul Dargusch (0438 626 333), or Jan King at UQ Communications 07 3365 1120.