By Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor
Griffith’s Open Day keeps getting bigger and better and this year’s edition saw over 16,000 visitors exploring the wonders of our South Bank, Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. Revitalisation projects and major new facilities gave our campuses that extra ‘wow’ factor, and tours of the new Griffith Health Centre and Learning Commons on the Gold Coast campus, and the iconic Sir Samuel Griffith Centre at Nathan, proved very popular.
The key purpose of the day is to give prospective students and their families an opportunity to talk to our fabulous staff and students and gain some inside knowledge about Griffith study options.
Our three campuses were a hive of activity with over 2000 staff and student advisors, information sessions, presentations and tours spanning all study areas, including 3D printing and robotics demonstrations, environment displays, film screenings, music performances and science shows. Many visitors were wearing our Open Day Experience Passes which automatically registered recipients in exclusive competitions and activities on the day.
The planning of each Open Day provides many logistical challenges but the staff from External Relations do a fantastic job in ensuring that everything runs smoothly on the day. So congratulations to Meredith Jackson and her team on their oversight of another great Open Day.
I would also like to thank those many staff, students and volunteers who gave selflessly of their time to make sure our visitors were well-informed, entertained and thoroughly engaged by their Open Day experience. I’m certain that many prospective students were persuaded to apply for study at Griffith in 2014.