Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie has welcomed more than 1200 new and returning students this week securing its position as one of the largest international campuses outside metropolitan areas.
Orientation Week, also called 'Zero Week' in recognition of the University's new 'Subject Zero' campaign, is comprised of on-campus and online events and information sessions to ensure students are prepared for classes to commence the following week.
A welcome event was held on campus on Tuesday, February 23, followed by campus tours and a range of social events and information sessions to integrate students into university life.
Charles Sturt Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Engagement) Professor Heather Cavanagh said it was wonderful to have students back on campus, creating vibrancy and connection within our community.
"Since the first intake of students at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie in March 2012, the campus has continued to develop and grow," Professor Cavanagh said.
"This is Charles Sturt's first coastal, regional campus, and incorporates indoor and outdoor teaching spaces.
"The Stage 2 Development project which was completed in late 2020 will almost triple the campus's capacity from 1,000 to 2,800 students to create the largest international campus in NSW outside metropolitan cities, with an expected student intake of 5,000 by the year 2030."
There have been 655 accepted offers to study on campus in Port Macquarie for session one in 2021, with the most popular courses in Port Macquarie being the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours) Integrated Honours, and Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations).
In 2021, online students will attend 22 residential schools in Port Macquarie for various courses including wildlife ecology, biomechanical analysis of human movement, neuroscience motor behaviour, clinical reasoning in nursing, and investigative interviewing.
There were more than 26,000 applications to study with Charles Sturt in 2021, an increase of six per cent on 2020.
The University is taking all necessary precautions for a safe return to campuses by asking staff, students and visitors to comply with the Department of Health check-in system and continue to follow COVID-19 safe principles.
This year the University is continuing its commitment to a policy of zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment by taking part in the Subject Zero program, which is focused on ensuring students are informed, supported and empowered from their first day.
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