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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Griffith University announced as GC2018 ‘Official University Partner’

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Tuesday, October 06, 2015

    Griffith University announced as GC2018 ‘Official University Partner’

    Up to two hundred and fifty students will get first-hand experience working as interns at the biggest event in Australia this decade, thanks to a unique partnership between Griffith University and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).

    Minister for Education and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones today welcomed the Griffith University as the Official University Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

    The Tier One partnership agreement is the second for GC2018 after last month’s signing of Echo Entertainment.

    “Major event investment is about more than just sports and festivals, it’s about an investment in opportunity and that’s what we’re seeing in this partnership,” Minister Jones said.

    “The Griffith University student interns will get a career-defining experience in every aspect of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    “That includes in areas such as sports presentation, medical, transport, ticketing, venue management and business, community and schools liaison.

    “They will have the opportunity to work on high profile events such as the Opening and Closing ceremonies, Queen’s Baton Relay, the arts and culture program and media management,” she said.

    Minister Jones said students from all 71 Commonwealth nations and territories will also be eligible for Griffith University Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games scholarships.

    “The scholarships are a significant Games educational legacy and a wider community benefit of this partnership,” she said.

    Ms Jones said it is a partnership where GOLDOC will reap the reward of having engaged and enthusiastic scholarship holders and other students gaining real experience across a variety of areas.

    “The learnings the interns gain from working on one of the world’s biggest multi-sport events can then be applied to their future careers and other major Queensland and world events they might work on in the years to come.

    “Today’s partnership will see many students from Griffith University graduate with more than just a piece of paper but with the first line of their resume already completed,” she said.

    Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Ian O’Connor, said it is appropriate for the university to be embedded in the event.

    “The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be something to remember and the next three years will be a period of amazing energy and excitement, so it is appropriate we are deeply involved,” he said.

    GOLDOC Chairman Nigel Chamier OAM said the Griffith campuses are all within close proximity of key GC2018 venues.

    “As happened in Brisbane in 1982, many of the university’s campus facilities will be utilised by visiting teams during the lead up to and during the Games,” Mr Chamier said.

    “That provides a wonderful opportunity for the students to get up close and personal with the athletes and their support teams as they prepare and compete in one of the highlights, for many the highlight, of their sporting careers.

    “With 911 days to go until the Opening Ceremony (4 April 2018) GOLDOC is delighted to welcome Griffith University on board and we look forward to Sharing the Dream with students and staff from all corners of the globe,” he said.

    Media contact: Minister Jones’ Office 3719 7530