Griffith is hosting a 12-week virtual Open Day as more Australians than ever contemplate studying in 2021, due in no small part to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on business and employment.

The University is doing Open Day differently this year, producing a range of exciting online resources and interactions in a virtual Open House event to accommodate increased demand for study options in an environment where social distancing remains a key consideration.

The Lobby in Griffith’s virtual Open House

Griffith Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans said 2020 marked a period of significant change for many.

“COVID-19 really changed the university experience for our students this year and it has been an amazing opportunity to do things differently; recent feedback from our students reflected their appreciation to Griffith staff for the support provided to learning during this challenging year.

“Our Open House initiative will give potential students fantastic insights into life as a student at Griffith, embracing the latest technology that’s kept our current students engaged and learning during the pandemic.

“While COVID-19 has meant we are unable to host large groups of potential students at an on-campus Open Day event this year, our Open House will ensure virtual access to every campus and everything we offer from the comfort of people’s homes and the ease of personal devices, on not just one day, but over 12 weeks.

“Instead of squeezing an experience into just one day, you’ll have 12 weeks to get all the information you need to make an informed choice about your study future.”

Open House will be available on-demand, 24/7 between 14 July and 1 October, providing the freedom to explore more than 200 degree courses, student life and the support services offered at Griffith.

“Visit whenever you like and discover more about our degrees and courses at the dynamic virtual study booths, where you can download study materials, watch videos, live chat and more,” Professor Evans said.

“Each week, we’ll turn the spotlight on a different study area and there will also be live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday between 4 and 6pm offering live webinars, panel discussions, career talks, seminars and one-on-one chats with study area experts.”

The Study Areas Hall in Griffith’s virtual Open House

In recent years, Griffith Open Days have been attended by an average of more than 15,000 people (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and demand for the Virtual Open House, off the back of this year’s challenging circumstances, is expected to be strong.

“Domestic applications for Trimester 2, which started this week, were up more than 49% on the previous year and we expect this trend to continue for 2021,” Professor Evans said.

“From our globally acclaimed Nursing and Midwifery degrees, to our Hospitality and Tourism Management and Law (including Criminology) courses, all ranked Number 1 in the country, Griffith has hundreds of degrees and a wide range of career options available.

“Open House will give potential students considering possible career changes or the first steps to the next stage of their life after high school, the tools to make an informed decision about their study options.”

Those interested in studying next year are invited to register for Open House, to ensure they are up-to-date with the full online event schedule.

Visit Griffith Open House to register.