A new wave of students has arrived at the University of Adelaide, as a new generation grows up and matriculates.
The university is now home to around 5,000 students, including around 300 from Indigenous backgrounds, who were recently welcomed to the campus.
They will be welcomed as part of the first cohort of students to arrive since the new academic year began in August 2017.
University of Adelaide’s Dean of Students Andrew Cockerham says the students have become “more engaged” in the university and they are keen to continue their studies.
“We have had a really significant increase in the number of students from Indigenous background who are now enrolling, and so they are being welcomed in to our community,” Mr Cockerhans.
“As a result of the increased engagement with our Indigenous students, we are able to make much greater strides in supporting them, providing better support, and getting them to understand that they are valued and we have a responsibility to give them a good education.”
Mr Cockerhaus says students have also been “rewardsing themselves” to the university.
“These are the young people who are going to have to make their own choices, who are choosing their own paths,” he said.
“They are choosing to become more engaged in their studies, they are choosing the university, and they’re choosing to do well at school.”
Mr Collin says the university’s community is also helping the new arrivals by offering them a sense of community.
“It’s not just about learning, it’s about the university itself, it is about the students,” he says.
“If they’re going to be able to do that, it can only be a good thing for the community.”
Professor Peter Tuffley says the new students are “highly engaged” and are doing well.
“The students are doing really well in their courses and they’ve shown very positive responses to the courses, which is something that’s important to us,” he explains.
“That’s the sort of learning we’re after here, not just a little bit of learning.”
The University of South Australia’s Deputy Vice President of Academic Affairs, Mark McEwan, says he is “confident” the students will have a positive impact on the University.
“In the last two years, we’ve seen a big jump in the numbers of students coming to the University, which we know is a result, in part, of the University being more open and welcoming to students,” Professor McEgan says.
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