Boosting STEM skills in regional Queensland

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The federal government has launched a new initiative designed to boost science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) mentoring in regional Queensland.

Industry minister Karen Andrews said the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) initiative would strengthen industry research connections and collaboration in regional Queensland.

“Promoting STEM education is a passion of mine and I’m particularly interested in providing opportunities to those in regional areas to grow jobs and boost the economy,” said Minister Andrews.

“STEM education is the key to the future of high tech employment, such as we see in the medical technologies and pharmaceuticals (MTP) industry.”

IMNIS was developed by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and is supported by the federal government's Industry Growth Centre for medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, MTPConnect,

IMNIS will be rolled out at two regional universities, James Cook University in Townsville and Cairns, and Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. It aims to connect up to 12 PhD mentees with industry mentors in the IMNIS network.