Open Day ‘a remarkable success’

Griffith University’s recent Open Day was a huge success, with around 14,000 people visiting our Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses.

Prospective students and their families braved ‘Ekka’ westerlies to explore the wide range of degrees and support programs on offer in 2020 at Griffith.

Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Carolyn Evans, said it was a successful day, despite the gusty conditions.

“These Open Days are critical opportunities for potential students to meet with our staff and current students to understand what is special about Griffith and what we can offer them,” she said.

“Attendance was well above expectations, given the 28 percent drop in graduating Queensland year 12 students in 2019.

“Griffith’s friendly and welcoming nature was certainly on display. Our student volunteers were full of enthusiasm about their experience at Griffith and gave generously of their time and insights.”

A packed program allowed prospective students a range of hands-on experiences, from race car simulators and interactive robots to quadcopter demos, street science displays, wildlife encounters, and creative arts workshops.

Nova106.9’s all day broadcast at Nathan campus ensured those visiting could also hear firsthand from current and graduated students and staff about their own experiences at Griffith.

One of those interviewed was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Martin Betts, who said it was fantastic to see each of the campuses bustling with activity.

“We look forward to seeing many of these students back here as part of the Griffith community in 2020 and beyond.”

Nova106.9 journalist Ange Anderson with Associate Professor Cheryl Desha

Also interviewed, Associate Professor Cheryl Desha released details of some of the exciting new features of the new academic building (N79) nearing completion at Nathan.

The Director for Engagement (Industry) in the School of Engineering and Built Environment also spoke about the global opportunities Engineering offers.

“One of the reasons I chose Griffith as a place to work was its international focus where you can problem solve locally,” she told Nova 106.9 journalist Ange Anderson.

More than 90% of prospective students who attend Griffith Open Day say it has an impact on their final decision on what to study at University.

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