Notre Dame Open Day a winner

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 27-8-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



Over 1500 prospective students attended The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, for a day of presentations, activities and interactive workshops on its annual Open Day, on 22 August 2010.

Hosting 13 tours, 25 information sessions, seven laboratories, seven forums and 11 interactivity sessions from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Philosophy & Theology, the highly successful Open Day ensured everyone involved had the opportunity to experience the unique culture of Notre Dame.

Prospective students were invited and encouraged to mingle with current students and academic staff to discuss their future studies and career pathways and to experience a taste of student life at the University.

In a forum addressing the question: ‘Why Notre Dame?’, Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, spoke about the University’s unique approach to its student body and the emphasis placed on the importance of their current and future role as members of the wider community.

“Our approach at Notre Dame is to engage each student through a wider education which caters to the growth of the whole person,” said Professor Hammond.

“We provide our students with a comprehensive theoretical education, as well as excellent practical skills training via practicums, internships and placements.”

“Students have a broad range of training options and extra-curricular activities to encourage them to engage in life on campus, including core curriculum training, double degrees, study abroad, student life, pastoral care, volunteering, sports and many other immersive activities.”

Professor Hammond emphasised the University’s goal to produce quality students who would not only contribute professionally in society but would also become valuable citizens of their communities.

“We want our students to get jobs when they finish and to become valuable contributors to the economic health of society. But we want more for them and from them,” said Professor Hammond.

“We want them to be able to contribute to society in ways that probably can’t be quantified in purely economic or numeric terms. I believe this feature is what distinguishes us here at Notre Dame.”

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