Issue 2 - March 1, 2010 enews home

CDU welcomes more students in 2010

Hundreds of new students attended Orientation celebrations at CDU’s Casuarina campus

Hundreds of new students attended Orientation celebrations at CDU’s Casuarina campus

By Leanne Coleman

Hundreds of new students streamed through Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus on Wednesday as part of the Orientation 2010 celebrations.

They will join almost 6000 other Higher Education students, who will start the academic year today.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover welcomed the students to Orientation before they joined academic staff for morning tea.

The crowds then converged on the exhibition stands to pick up tips on uni life, join one of the popular clubs on offer, or sit with new friends to enjoy the free BBQ lunch to the sounds of a live local DJ.

CDU has experienced an 18 per cent increase in student numbers this semester compared with the same time last year.

Of the 5000 Higher Education students who have enrolled for 2010 so far, more than 1700 are new students. Enrolment will remain open for the next fortnight and CDU expects close to 6000 students to be studying in semester one this year.

Several new course choices have helped to drive the growth in student enrolments.

The Bachelor of Engineering has received a sharp increase in demand with the Engineering Australia accredited course now available for external study.

Also on offer for the first time this year is the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood that has received more than 50 applications.

Enrolments in Exercise and Sports Science have doubled in 2010 and Social Work has also enjoyed a strong increase in enrolments.

Orientation was also held on the Alice Springs campus. Some 35 students were introduced to their lecturers, programs and campus resources.