THE University of Wollongong will lead the Open Day season among NSW’s universities when it opens its doors to about 5000 potential students and their families on Saturday, August 16.
Visitors will be streaming into the university from a range of local and regional areas including the Far South Coast.
Many of those attending will be high school students who visited UOW as part of Discovery Days in February this year and are now bringing their families to show them where they may possibly be studying and living.
They will be deciding if Wollongong will become a preference for them with the Universities Admissions Centre.
Joining them on the day will also be a number of mature aged students who gain entry to university via direct admission.
Students will be able to attend a range of campus tours and information sessions showing them what’s on offer, learn about the chance of gaining early admission and scholarship opportunities, hear about residential spaces, and find out about chances to study overseas and what possible careers will follow university life.
A special information session will also be devoted to parents of students.
Residential colleges, the library, science laboratories, lecture rooms and the University Recreation and Aquatic Centre will all be open for inspection.
UOW assistant national marketing manager Deb Neich said many HSC students can find out before their final exams whether they have already gained a spot at UOW through its early admission program, plus now UOW provides an accommodation guarantee for all first year students coming from outside the Wollongong region.
An information session and open night for the UOW’s Bega campus is being held on Tuesday, August 19 from 6.30pm.
To find out more or register, visit bega.uow.edu.au or call the campus on 6494 7035.
THE University of Wollongong is offering a new degree in Social Science from its Bega campus in 2015.
Health care and social assistance is predicted by the Australian Government to be the largest employment growth area of the near future (DEEWR Employment Projections to 2017) and is a career area likely to appeal to locals.
“When we ask students what they want to study at university we often hear a similar theme emerge,” Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences John Steele said.
“I want to study something I’m passionate about, but that will lead to a meaningful career that contributes to society.
“At UOW, we have listened to what students are interested in studying and have undertaken a considered analysis of the careers that will shape Australian society into the future.
“This has provided the inspiration for our leading internationally recognised scholars from across the social sciences to develop ground-breaking new degree programs in the social sciences, which will lead our students to rewarding careers across the government, industry and not-for-profit sectors.”
From 2015, the flagship Bachelor of Social Science will give students the skills to have a positive impact on the world in which they live.
Core subject areas include social policy, Indigenous studies, community, culture and environment, criminology, human geography, public health, sociology, psychology and social marketing.
Students gain the knowledge and critical analysis skills to better understand, interpret and influence human behaviour.
Social scientists find work in many high-demand occupations, such as psychology, social work, urban planning, foreign affairs, health promotion, market research and much more.
UOW graduate Toby Dawson is now a regional manager at Cancer Council NSW, Southern region.
“Doing social science subjects at UOW prepared me well,” Mr Dawson said.
“One of the key aspects of my job is recruiting schools to the SunSafe Primary Schools Program.
“We are constantly contributing to the fight against cancer.
“There’s a lot of satisfaction in knowing we make a difference.”
People interested in the new Social Science degree can attend an open night at UOW Bega on August 19.
To register or inquire, visit bega.uow.edu.au.