CQUniversity Melbourne is buzzing with excitement for the new term' after new students flocked to Term 2 Orientation' the biggest since the city emerged from pandemic lockdowns.
More than 70 new students attended the busy series of events which included a meet and greet lunch with lecturers' and a marketplace of student services.
Free bubble tea was a big hit with the excited group' as was getting to meet the campus team and their fellow students' and a walking tour led by a student ambassador.
Most of the cohort had only recently arrived in Melbourne to study' some after months and years of delays due to the pandemic.
Associate Vice-President (Victoria Region) Will Alderton said the big day was the result of much hard work and patience' especially as ongoing delays with visa approvals continued to impact international student plans.
"It's a tribute to the determination of the students to get to Melbourne and study with CQUniversity' that they've persisted through all the challenges and finally arrived'" he said.
"This new cohort has succeeded with huge support from teams right across the Melbourne campus and the whole of CQU' so finally seeing students here and commencing their studies means everyone is celebrating."
The new arrivals mean CQUniversity Melbourne has more than 600 students enrolled onshore' while several hundred more are tackling their CQU degrees offshore' as they wait to travel to Melbourne.
Mr Alderton said the on-campus cohort also featured growing numbers of domestic students' across the Bachelor of Aviation' the Bachelor of Medical Sonography' and a range of Engineering and IT degrees.
The campus is also supporting 68 research higher degree (RHD) students' tackling Masters and PhD-level research across all five of CQUniversity's schools.flickr embed.
Orientation was the latest in a series of big events for CQUniversity Melbourne' as the campus community rebuilds from more than two years of disrupted operations due to pandemic restrictions.
In March' more than 550 happy graduates finally had the chance to cross the stage at CQUniversity Melbourne Graduations' the first held since 2019.
A month later' the campus hosted a popular networking event for RHD students' who appreciated the opportunity to finally meet face-to-face with peers and supervisors.
Mr Alderton said the enthusiasm of staff and academics across the campus highlighted the indomitable CQU Melbourne spirit.
"Despite all of the challenges of the past few years' I've seen time and again the passion of our CQU Melbourne team for supporting and empowering our students' and that was on show again as we welcomed the new cohort' and prepared for an exciting Term 2 ahead'" he said.