Title

Broome Campus Admissions Above Target

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 3-15-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus

Publication Place

Broome

Abstract

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome Campus has begun the 2006 academic year with a significant increase in admissions.

Broome Campus Executive Director, Gavin Greaves said Notre Dame has done exceptionally well despite the expected downturn in the number of students entering tertiary study Australia wide.

“We have seen a 23 percent increase in new admissions from the 2005 intake, bringing our total student numbers to more than 250. This figure includes both higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) students.

“Our courses appeal to both school leavers and mature students. In 2006 we have seen an increase in mature age students enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Education, Aboriginal Studies, Graduate Certificate in Education (Aboriginal Studies) and Master of Teaching and Education courses.

“Applicable only to the area of higher education we currently have 73 percent of mature age students with the percentage of school leavers being 26. Broome and Kimberley students number 36.

“We have also been able to attract a mature age student from Sweden and have several students from Victoria, Queensland and Northern Territory,” said Mr Greaves.

The goal of Notre Dame Broome Campus is to provide higher education and vocational education and training in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.

“It is rewarding to see the numbers of students who are currently studying higher education courses and VET who have come from the Kimberley region,” said Mr Greaves.

Mr Greaves added that the VET program which is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from across Western Australia has attracted students from Albany and the Great Southern to the Goldfields, Pilbara and Kimberley regions.

Also included in the admissions for 2006 are students from various parts of Western Australia and Interstate who are undertaking the Tertiary Enabling Program, a 14 week alternative entry pathway to undergraduate studies at the Broome Campus.