The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) welcomed His Excellency The Governor General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove to the Toowoomba campus on Tuesday August 23.
During his visit the Governor-General engaged with students from USQ’s Open Access College (OAC), a program for social and cultural groups who are under-represented in tertiary education. Among those to speak with the Governor-General were students from Indonesia, Columbia, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Japan.
“I’m so pleased that the University has this program – it brings you together. It makes us better people by having you here. You’ve got the brains and you’ve got the motivation, all you need is what you’re getting here – the necessary skills to enter the University and start your degree,” Sir Peter said.
Emma Rae was among a group of USQ Student Ambassadors who also had the opportunity to chat with the Governor-General and his wife. “They were both very friendly, and easily engaged in conversation about our studies and career pursuits. It was fantastic to meet the dignitaries, who were extremely genuine in their interest and generous with their time,” she said.
Words by Kara Holland
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