The University was originally founded in Rockhampton in 1967 and was known as the Queensland Institute of Technology (Capricornia). By 1974 it was among only a few Australian institutes to commence the delivery of distance education.

Between 1978 and 1989 further campuses were established in Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, and Mackay and in 1992 the Institute achieved full University status to become known as Central Queensland University.

Now more than 20 years on, and following a merger with CQ TAFE on 1 July 2014, CQUniversity is responsible for providing a diverse range of training and education programs and courses to more than 30,000 students studying qualifications from certificate to post doctorate level.

CQUniversity continues to be a leader in the delivery of distance education with approximately half of the student cohort being made up of students studying by distance education. Compared to other universities, CQUniversity is also proud to have the highest ratio of students from mature age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, first-in-family and low socio-economic backgrounds. The University defines itself by who it embraces rather than who it excludes, and because of this is widely recognised as Australia’s most inclusive university.

CQUniversity has 15 campuses including newly merged regional Queensland campuses in Gladstone, Emerald, Mackay and Rockhampton along with existing campuses in Adelaide, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Noosa, Sydney and Townsville.

Other locations for CQUniversity are currently established in Biloela, Cairns, Charters Towers, Cooma, Geraldton, Karratha, Perth and Yeppoon. These locations will be as a mix of Distance Education Study Centres, Partner Study Hubs, Study Centres and Delivery Sites.

CQUniversity is among Australia’s most engaged universities and throughout the years has formed valuable partnerships with government, community and industry groups, right across the national university footprint and overseas.

DIXON Partnering Solutions and CQUniversity have collaborated to develop and offer a new online Certificate in Cross Sector Partnering to be offered from June 2016. This Certificate enables participants to build on the knowledge and skills acquired through attendance at the Partnering Essentials™ 2 Day Program.

For more information and further details on the Certificate in Cross Sector Partnering please visit their website at: www.cpheonline.cqu.edu.au

Partnership Brokers Association logoThe Partnership Brokers Association

This new global association was formed in January 2012 following the success of the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme (PBAS) – a programme jointly developed by the UK’s Overseas Development Institute and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).

The Association is the international professional association for partnership brokers and operates as a membership driven, not – for – profit company. It was created to promote good partnership brokering in advancing effective cross-sector collaboration for an equitable and sustainable world by:

  • Developing education and training courses for those operating as partnership brokers worldwide
  • Setting high professional standards for those operating as partnership brokers
  • Advancing knowledge in the field of partnership brokering – through action enquiry and participative research
  • Providing a public voice to communicate the benefits of professional partnership brokering for sustainable development
  • Connecting partnership brokers across the globe so that they can more confidently transform the partnering environment

Ian Dixon has been a Non Executive Director, Mentor and Authorised Lead Trainer with the the Partnership Brokers Association and is now a member of their International Advisory Committee.

For more information please visit their website:    www.partnershipbrokers.org

The Partnering Initiative logoThe Partnering Initiative

The Partnering Initiative (TPI) is an independent non-profit dedicated to driving cross-sectoral collaboration for a sustainable future. TPI was founded with a passionate belief in the power of partnerships between business, government, NGOs and the UN to tackle the greatest development and business sustainability challenges.

For over a decade, TPI has been a leading pioneer in the development of the theory and practice of partnering by:

  • Supporting organisations from all sectors to partner effectively and strategically as well as directly supporting partnerships;
  • Building capacity with training, tools and publications;
  • Developing the infrastructure to scale up collaboration worldwide though our global impact programmes.

TPI operates through a central hub based in the UK and delivers services and projects through a global network of highly experienced Associates. Ian Dixon has been an Associate with TPI since 2008 and in February 2013 DIXON Partnering Solutions (DPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further develop this collaborative relationship. The initial result of this MOU has been the recognition by TPI of the DPS Partnering Essentials™ 2 day Training Program as a prerequisite for TPI’s Certificate in Partnering Practice and DPS promoting the Certificate throughout the Australasian and South Pacific Region.

For more information please visit their website:    www.thepartneringinitiative.org