Australian Catholic University’s eight campuses will be bustling with thousands of students beginning their university journey or resuming their studies when semester one begins today.
Turnout for orientation activities across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Ballarat last week has been very positive, as students gravitate back to campuses where social activities and information sessions have been designed to maximise the experience while following COVID-safe practices.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Weller welcomed new and returning students with a reassurance that the university had safety plans in place that observed the COVID-protocols for each state or territory.
“We have scheduled a blended learning model featuring both on-campus and online classes for all campuses for 2021, and our students can come to campus to access our services and facilities and to enjoy social opportunities," Dr Weller said.
“ACU is following health advice at all times in an ever-changing environment; we remain committed to adapting teaching and learning environments, campus experiences and our operations to ensure the health and safety of our community.”
Each of ACU’s campuses has seen a growth in domestic students 2021, and there has been an extremely positive start for the university’s newest site at Blacktown in the heart of western Sydney, and for the launch of law degrees in Brisbane.
Across the board, the university’s flagship education and health sciences programs have remained consistently popular, reflecting workforce demand in these sectors. ACU offers degrees in education, health, law and business, and humanities and social sciences.