Griffith University students transitioned online during Trimester One, mass gathering restrictions meant more than 2700 students received their mid-year graduations digitally this week, instead of a face-to-face ceremony and the University is hosting a 12-week virtual Open House in lieu of the traditional Open Day.
Griffith is the first university in South East Queensland to kick off preparations, albeit virtually, for the 2021 study year.
It comes as more people than ever contemplate studying or retraining, due in no small part to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen business shut-downs, job losses and more pain on the horizon.
Griffith Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans said 2020 marked a period of significant change for many.
“Domestic applications for Trimester 2, which started last week, were up more than 49% on the previous year and we expect this trend to continue for 2021,” Professor Evans said.
“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.”
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.
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 virtual classes, live webinars, panel discussions, career talks, seminars, demonstrations and one-on-one chats with study area experts.
“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.”
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