Australia’s best-kept education secret revealed on the Gold Coast

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Australia’s best-kept education secret revealed on the Gold Coast

30 days ago

After years of attracting students via word-of-mouth, Southern Cross University has held its first open days in more than a decade; lifting a veil on one of the best-kept secrets in Australian higher education.

Extraordinary opportunities for students to scuba dive, fly drones or to immerse themselves in world-class laboratories with a beach view has led to Southern Cross becoming one of the fastest-growing universities on the Gold Coast, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Shoemaker said.

“With a host of new courses, a new state-of-the-art learning facility on the Gold Coast campus and new programs in train to support thousands more students onto campus, it’s time to let prospective students across Australia know what Southern Cross has to offer,” said Professor Shoemaker.

“There is no University in Australia right now that is more exciting to be a part of than Southern Cross.

“We are developing courses that can’t be found at many other universities and are introducing a unique new teaching calendar, giving students opportunities to speed up or slow down their study schedule so it suits them.

“We don’t know of any other universities in Australia that have gone a decade without an Open Day and at a time when we are transforming the value that students can get from a degree, it is high time we started letting people know about the education and research underway on our campuses.”

“Southern Cross has been named in the top 50 of Generation Y universities by Times Higher Education, and has nine areas of research are ranked well above world standard – the highest possible ranking,” Professor Shoemaker said.     

The University’s new streamlined academic year transforms opportunities for students, said Professor Shoemaker: “We are the first in the country to have a trimester calendar which then divides exactly into 6x6 week teaching periods, empowering our students to speed up or slow down their studies, on-campus or online”.

Building on Southern Cross University’s world-class research, the University is already seeing strong interest in many new degrees, including the new Engineering Degree in Coastal Systems Management.  “It addresses real-life climate, environmental and flood issues in a ‘living laboratory’ where rivers meet the sea.  There is nowhere else in Australia where you can do this special degree,” Professor Shoemaker said.

New courses in 2018 all campuses

B Digital Business

B Laws/B Creative Writing (4-year combined degree)

B Psychological Science, B Laws (5-year double degree, available online for GC students)

B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering (Lismore only)

New to the Gold Coast campus in 2018

Osteopathy (previously only offered at Lismore) made up of two components, equivalent to a five-year degree:

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), which is three years full time:

Master of Osteopathic Medicine, two years full time:

The new B Laws/B Creative Writing and B Digital Business will be have classes in across the three buildings, including Building C.

The allied health building, Building B, will now to able to expand and will offer Osteopathy, due to Building C opening.

Building B is a ten-storey building also with ocean views and an allied health clinic open to the public. Clinic info found here

Information on all courses offered next year can be found here:

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