The University takes a concerted approach to contributing to the growth of the Sunshine Coast economy and being involved with the business community and peak industry bodies:
- The Innovation Centre holds a number of business events throughout the year, designed to encourage entrepreneurial approaches to business.
- The Faculty of Arts, Business and Law delivers professional development opportunities through business forums and coursework business programs.
- Hundreds of USC students become involved with businesses each year through the Work Integrated Learning program.
- Business leaders participate in a range of USC Industry Advisory Committees, contributing to the development of academic programs that meet industry and regional needs.
- Academic staff make frequent presentations to industry and community groups.
Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033
Working together, USC, Sunshine Coast business, industry, and Council leaders have developed Sunshine Coast — The Natural Advantage: Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 with four clear goals for the next 20 years:
- A $33 billion economy - nearly triple what it is now
- 100,000 new jobs in high value industries - such as health and well-being; education and research; professional services and knowledge industries; tourism, sport and leisure; agribusiness; clean technologies; and aviation and aerospace
- 20% of goods and services produced for export
- Household incomes to exceed the average household income level for Queensland
USC has been an active participant in bringing this plan together and is a major player in two of the five major game changers to the region - the Sunshine Coast University of Hospital (SCUH) through the Skills, Academic and Research Centre (SARC) and expansion of its campus with the new building in Sippy Downs Learning Hub and the Engineering Faculty Building.
Visit the Sunshine Coast Council's website to view the full Strategy.