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QUT deepens ties with Bundaberg

QUT continues to expand its close relationship with Bundaberg Brewed Drinks by funding a new Budding Entrepreneur Scholarship program in 2025 for QUT students from the Bundaberg region.

QUT Pro vice-chancellor professor Rowena Barrett emphasised the abundance of entrepreneurial opportunities in Bundaberg, particularly in agriculture, AgTech, community development, and environmental management.

The university has funded two master’s scholarships for AgTech projects in the Bundy region.

Barrett said the number of placement students choosing to build their careers in Bundaberg and the surrounding Wide Bay-Burnett region, post-graduation is significant.

“QUT is proud to support regional innovation, and our memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bundaberg Regional Council showcases how we can collaborate to create value for the community, environment, and economy,” said Barrett.

Bundaberg Regional Council mayor Helen Blackburn highlighted the region’s global recognition in manufacturing, agricultural technology, and innovation.

“From leading manufacturing and agricultural technology to one of our original innovators, Bert Hinkler, the Bundaberg Region has become world-renowned on many fronts,” said Blackburn.

Recognised as a regional business leader in robotics and automation, Bundy Ginger Beer Brewery is demonstrating its commitment to supporting QUT students from the Bundaberg region by establishing a new Budding Entrepreneur Scholarship for 2025.

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks CEO John McLean expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration with QUT.

“Bundaberg Brewed Drinks have benefited from the advice, services, and support of many people across our region over the past 55 years,” said McLean.

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