Campuses across the CQUniversity footprint have this week welcomed hundreds of new students as part of orientation' with various online and on-campus information sessions' and social activities delivered.
This is the first time in 12 months that orientation activities for new students have been held on-campus' since COVID-19 forced the University's Term 2 and 3 programs online last year.
In 2021' the University planned a program that combined popular on-campus and online sessions and activities' so that students could design a program to suit their needs.
As part of the new program' students had the opportunity to view essential sessions through the Orientation TV (OTV) platform and could also opt-in to participate in several online 'Boost' sessions to connect them with information and initiatives that will help them to enhance their individual study journey and university experience.
Vice-President (academic) Helen Huntly said the university was looking forward to students returning to campus in 2021.
"We are looking forward to welcoming all of our new and existing students back to all of our campuses' as well as our large cohorts of online students.
"The COVID situation in 2020 forced universities to transition our face-to-face delivery online for much of last year.
"This year we are looking forward to returning to internal classes for students enrolled in that mode of delivery.
"For CQUniversity' this essentially means we are returning to our pre-pandemic delivery model that includes both on-campus and online delivery (depending on the unit and course of study a student is enrolled in)'" Professor Huntly said.
Professor Huntly also explained that the return to campus would be undertaken in a COVID safe way' being considerate of the health and wellbeing of all staff and students.
Overall new student numbers across the entire university footprint are up by around 30 percent on 2020 figures.
The most in demand undergraduate courses at CQUniversity are nursing' paramedic science' medical science' IT and business.
The new CQUniversity term officially starts on Monday' 8 March where thousands of new and returning students will commence their 2021 studies.