Bounce in UNE student numbers for 2013

Published 23 October 2013

student_groupThe University of New England is setting the pace among Australian Universities, growing total and distance education enrolments well ahead of national trends across the sector.

With one week remaining to apply directly for courses in UNE’s expanded Trimester 3 subject range, offering students the chance to study over the Christmas break, Vice-Chancellor Jim Barber said enrolment numbers showed students were clearly attracted by UNE’s flexible teaching format and the extra teaching trimester.

“With a week to go for T 3 applications, UNE is already tracking well ahead of 2012’s record enrolment numbers,” Professor Barber said.

“With more than 1000 extra students enrolled this year compared with the same time last year, combined with higher enrolments for our expanded T 3 offerings this year, UNE should easily surpass our ambitious growth predictions for the 2013 calendar year.

“We’ve already received almost 2000 direct entry applications for T1 2014, with many students signing up for new courses and specialties only offered through UNE.

“Our student load – the number of units students are studying – is also increasing, meaning students are able to complete more of their course requirements through our 3 Trimester format, in many cases completing their degree faster.”

Professor Barber said the student enrolment numbers for UNE were very encouraging when compared with UAC figures showing application numbers are down across the sector.

“These figures demonstrate that UNE’s strategic plan is working, to grow volume and margin online to reinvest back into the University’s on campus experience, our facilities, research strengths and our people.

“While enrolments at other Universities are flat-lining or even going backwards, the University of New England is investing in new opportunities and delivery modes for education.

“Growing student numbers means UNE is able to approach the future with greater confidence, investing in new expertise and new courses to meet the changing needs of the workforce and investing in our strategic research specialties to develop research that matters to our changing society.

“Clearly, the word is spreading, this year UNE gained an extra star for student demand in the Good Universities guide – Not only are we the five-star University for graduate satisfaction and outcomes, we are fast becoming the preferred university for anyone looking for a tertiary education with a difference.”