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Townsville’s golden students achieve academic success during pandemic

Published:18 September 2020

Professor Pierre Viljoen (left) joined high achieving Townsville students to acknowledge and celebrate their academic success in 2020.

CQUniversity Townsville students have continued to achieve top-level academic results with over 200 students in the region placing in the top 15 per cent of university students based on their 2020 grade point average (GPA).

The high achieving students from over 30 different courses and specialisations - including Nursing, Paramedic SciencePsychology, Teaching, were recognised at an annual invitation-only celebration held on the Townsville campus.

The student’s family, teachers, staff and CQUniversity Townsville Campus Associate Vice-President, Professor Pierre Viljoen attended the COVID-safe event to recognise the students’ academic achievements.

Professor Viljoen said the students’ academic success is a continuation of years of consistently high grades and resilience during a year of unprecedented challenges.

“Academically, these students have worked hard to reach the top of their class, which is a testament to their determination and dedication to education.

“Townsville students have actually excelled in 2020 despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19,” he explained.

The number of Townsville students who received a GPA of 6.0 or higher increased in 2020 by over 25 per cent from 2019.

“CQUni’s commitment to academic success has never faltered and our long-established and renowned online education mode meant students transitioned effortlessly to online study,” Professor Viljoen said.

The high achieving students were also given the option to join the Golden Key International Honor Society - the world’s largest collegiate honour society for graduate and undergraduate students.