On Thursday 12 July we welcomed thousands of prospective students, their families and whānau onto campus for UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene. They got the opportunity to learn more about study options, tour the campus, and get a glimpse of our state-of-the-art new facilities and a taste of the UC student experience.
The stunning Christchurch winter day brought over 4200 visitors to campus compared to 3693 visitors last year. On the trails we gave out 550 hot chocolates and 2000 packs of mini donuts.
The University is experiencing a post-quake resurgence in enrolment numbers this year as school-leavers from around Aotearoa New Zealand are coming to UC for tertiary study. Enrolment numbers were up 7% across the board in 2018 and it is hoped we will see a similar trend in 2019 which Open Day | Rā Tōmene is a direct contributor to this success.
This event takes months of planning and involves hundreds of staff and students to show UC at its best. We definitely did that today, and I thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to put this event together, and the staff and student volunteers who provided a friendly face for our visitors today.
It would be great to hear what you thought of Open Day | Rā Tōmene and how you think it can be made bigger and better in future. Please fill in the survey here>
Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae
Open Day | Rā Tōmene is next Thursday 12 July.
There has been a fantastic level of interest from future students and we’re looking forward to showcasing our campus. Thanks again to all staff who have volunteered to help on the day.
While the new buildings and grounds are looking great, we would like to invite staff and students to join us for 30 minutes on Monday 9 July to collect any residual litter, and ensure the campus is looking top notch for our visitors.
When: 12.00 – 12.30pm Monday 9 July
Where: steps of Puaka-James Hight
Gloves and bags will be provided. Thanks in advance for any help you and your colleagues can provide.
Executive Director, Student Services and Communications | Kaihautū Matua Ākonga me te Whakapā
Is there someone in your life interested in studying? UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene on Thursday 12 July is the best way for your children, whānau, cousins and friends to discover study options at UC for themselves.
On Open Day, (nearly) everything is open. They can find out about study options and support services, ask questions and explore labs, workshops and studios.
Encourage those in your life interested in study to register and attend Open Day | Rā Tōmene on Thursday 12 July. Register here>
As you may know, UC Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao and UC Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha are hosting a UC Science and Engineering Precincts Public Open Day – Monday 16 April, 3-6pm.
This is a community event, for the general public. It is family-friendly, so kids are very welcome! We will have hands on activities and demos, and it’s a chance to see our new state-of-the-art facilities and tour our labs. We will have our Nuts and Bolts Café open and we will be putting on a free sausage sizzle.
For more information, check out our website.
Despite yesterday’s cold wet weather, more than 3,000 potential students and whānau braved the elements to attend our second biggest Open Day.
Initial feedback indicates people found the day very informative and 78% of those surveyed so far said they are likely to enrol at UC.
The following comment received via the UC Open Day App sums up what a positive difference the day can make:
To be completely honest… I freaking loved it. I’m from Auckland and Canterbury was just an option but after today, I am 110% coming next year!! A young man named Angus from University Hall made my entire day. He was enthusiastic, lovely and sold the whole experience! 11/10 would give a high five and buy him some chocolate.
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