Wednesday, 08 September 2021
Charles Darwin University
The heavy machinery simulator was a popular attraction at Open Day.
The heavy machinery simulator was a popular attraction at Open Day.

Open Day at CDU Stadium a success

Open Day brought a steady stream of people to Charles Darwin University (CDU) Stadium Marrara to learn about the University and pathways to study.

More than 2,000 came through the doors on Sunday, 29 August with prospective students interacting with staff and enjoying a wide range of things to see and do.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the day was bustling with activity with staff thoroughly engaged in explaining courses and opportunities.

“There was a very positive atmosphere with strong engagement by all,” Professor Bowman said.

“I was a proud Vice-Chancellor walking and talking to everyone who was there at our CDU Stadium at my first Open Day.”

There was a lot of buzz around the displays, with people lining up to try the virtual reality simulators for Nursing and Midwifery, the Royal Flying Doctor Service aeromedical retrieval, and welding and civil construction simulators.

More than 30 Indigenous school students from Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin also attended as part of the Bidjipidji program.

Manager Student Recruitment and Events, Marissa Briston said Bidjipidji students in particular were delightfully surprised by what was on offer.

“They didn’t know the University could be this engaging,” Ms Briston said.

CDU Manager Student Central, Daniel Oakley, said Open Day was a huge success for his team.

“Around 70 per cent of queries we received were about how to apply, referred to us from the college booths,” Mr Oakley said.

“We also had a lot of enquiries about psychological science, the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) and accounting courses.”

Ms Briston thanked everyone who helped make the day a success.

“I’m really proud of how everyone pulled together to promote the University as a whole,” Ms Briston said.

“We’re looking forward to being back on CDU’s Casuarina campus next year for an even bigger Open Day.”