Education and Research
  • Last updated:
  • 12 Dec 2017

The education and research industry is a major component of the regional economy, contributing some A$895 million to Gross Regional Product in 2015-16 (AEC Group, 2017).

With a nationally awarded university, growing international education market, extensive vocational education and training facilities and a high performing school system, the education and research sector is predicted to expand more than 50% and become the region’s second largest employer by 2033.

The Sunshine Coast presently hosts more than 180 training institutions and more than 70 public and private schools. 

The education and research industry is engaged in a range of collaborative activities, including the branding and external marketing of the industry. As a part of this, industry and government stakeholders have launched the Study Sunshine Coast campaign which promotes the region’s education offerings to both overseas and domestic students as well as lifestyle, work and career opportunities that are available in a safe, natural and inclusive environment. 

Industry participants are also developing research capabilities and linkages with business, including specific assistance programs through the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Key education and research industry providers on the Sunshine Coast include:

  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast
  • Lexis English
  • TAFE Queensland East Coast
  • Flight Training
  • Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre
  • STEPS Education and Training
  • Acclaim Apprentices
  • High performing public and private schools
  • Thompson Institute

Why invest in education and research on the Sunshine Coast?

  • The region is home to a nationally awarded university and some of Queensland’s highest performing private schools.
  • Demand for educational services by residents of the Sunshine Coast will increase by more than 50% by 2033, with approximately 30,000 additional education and training places needed across all educational institutions.
  • More than 83,000 students (ABS 2016 Census) are currently studying at local schools, university or one of the region’s 180 training institutions. 
  • TAFE Queensland has campuses at three locations across the Sunshine Coast. 
  • The A$60.8 million Sunshine Coast Health Institute assists students to transition from studying healthcare into the workforce, and provide a strong research linkage between the university, TAFE and the healthcare industry. 
  • The Innovation Centre on the Sunshine Coast has been named as one of the UBI Index’s top 10 University Business Incubators for the Asia and Oceania region for 2014. 
  • Major capital investments will drive demand for a highly skilled and educated workforce across all of the high-value industries.

To find out more about the industry, please download the Education and Research brochure.[809KB]

To view the strategic direction for each of the seven High-Value Industries please visit the Industry Investment Plans.

Case studies

The University of the Sunshine Coast[369KB]

The University of the Sunshine Coast is a proud partner in the development and future growth of our region. It has approximately twelve thousand students and a comprehensive offering of undergraduate and graduate degrees through the sciences, particularly health and engineering, business, law and the arts. It has a growing research agenda and a strong record of engagement with business, particularly through its award-winning Innovation Centre.

Professor Greg Hill | Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast

Innovation Centre[346KB]

The Sunshine Coast is a place where innovative businesses can grow and flourish by tapping into local talent, business mentors, funding and excellent research facilities.

Mark Paddenburg | CEO, Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast