Education and research
  • Last updated:
  • 26 Nov 2021

The education and research sector is predicted to become the region’s second largest employer by 2033 and is a key driver of economic growth.

  • Up to 60,000 more cyber security professionals will be needed in Australia by 2030. The USC Institute for Cyber Investigations and Forensics is equipping a new generation of specialists to forge a career in this fast-growing field.
  • The National Identity and Cyber Support service at USC is the only service of its type in the world and meets a growing need to support individuals and businesses to respond to identity and cyber security concerns.
  • A strategic research partnership between council and USC fosters collaborative research that promotes regional and economic development.
  • The A$60.8 million Sunshine Coast Health Institute assists students to transition into healthcare and provides a research link between universities and healthcare sector..

Future proofing our next generation

The Sunshine Coast is a tech-savvy region with a reputation for innovation and leadership in Science, Technology, Education and Maths (STEM) education.

Continued investment in talent and skills prepares our workforce with the knowledge and experience needed to compete in a global marketplace.

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Key education and research industry

  • USC
  • Griffith University
  • Sunshine Coast Health Institute
  • TAFE Queensland
  • Lexis English
  • Flight Training
  • Look Now Training
  • Australian Industry Trade College
  • Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre
  • STEPS Education and Training Community Solutions
  • Demi International
  • Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute
  • John Pearson Consulting
  • Union Institute of Language
  • Study Sunshine Coast

Case studies

USC[597KB] is one of Australia’s fastest growing regional universities, serving the Sunshine Coast and extended region from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast. Opening its doors in 1996, USC was at the time the first greenfield public university to be established in Australia since the early 1970s. Today, with more than 18,100 enrolled students with 85% of graduates employed within the first four months of finishing their degree.

The Sunshine Coast Health Institute[589KB] (SCHI) is a collaborative partnership between the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, USC, TAFE Queensland, and Griffith University. Together, the SCHI partners provide a range of educational tools and training to develop and improve the skills of doctors, nurses, allied health workers, health professionals and vocational students.

Study Sunshine Coast plays a proactive role in attracting Australian and international students by delivering marketing campaigns that raise awareness of the Sunshine Coast as a high performing education offering.

“The Sunshine Coast is a naturally inspiring environment for students to live, learn and kick-start their future. Our region has leading edge facilities that inspire learning today and leading tomorrow, providing students with the opportunity to learn transferable high-value skills they can deploy in a global economy.”
Tracey Coobula, Manager