SCU enrolments set record
By BELINDA SCOTT
SOUTHERN Cross University's Head of Campus at Coffs Harbour, Professor Zbys Klich, said between 400 and 450 new students, a record number, would start lectures in Coffs Harbour next week, bringing the campus's student body to well over 1000.
"In some ways we are bucking a nationwide trend," Professor Klich said.
"Our campus applications are up 16 per cent on first preferences this year, compared to last year."
Prof. Klich, who welcomed new students to the campus on Wednesday, said it was the third year in a row that the campus had achieved a significant increase in first-choice preferences.
He said nursing and teaching were proving particularly attractive to new students.
The university campus had had to double its planned intake of teaching students and had put $2 million into extensions to M Block as well as creating a student support centre.
This year nursing students will also be able to use a new state-of-the-art block, with two simulated wards and a range of nursing diagnostic equipment.
Prof. Klich said psychology was also popular, as was the Bachelor of Business in Hotel and Resort Management.
"We really value our students here and that is part of the distinctive culture of SCU," Prof. Klich said.
While the majority of on-campus students came from regional NSW, he said a significant minority came from metropolitan areas and about 10 per cent from Queensland, while this year would see more than 50 international students studying at the campus.
He said external students were drawn from all over Australia.