The Chancellor, Richard Torbay, said that UNE was now one of the fastest-growing Universities in the country, with an increase of more than 20 per cent in its student cohort in the past two years.
“This is a tremendous result – and much stronger than we expected when we began our change of strategic direction in 2011,” Mr Torbay said. “Since 2011 we have increased our internal student enrolments by 20 per cent and external student enrolments by nearly 24 per cent.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, said: “In response to student demand, UNE introduced trimesters this year, and we have been overwhelmed by the interest in our courses.”
“When Trimester 3 commenced this week we had more than 7,600 students enrolled, of which around 1,250 were new students,” Professor Barber said. “We are now in the fortunate position of recruiting an additional 41 staff members in order to meet the demand.”
He said that the growth was also attributed to UNE’s reinvigorated online course offerings and a focus on increasing the University’s online market share.
“Our strategy has been to grow our online market so that we can reinvest on campus and offer both our internal and external students the best student experience possible,” Professor Barber said. “We are determined to continue to grow our market share by offering students the courses and delivery methods they want.”