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Massey's Albany campus has experienced a big surge in new domestic student enrolments

Enrolment surge at the Albany campus

The Albany campus has had a growth spurt, with new domestic enrolments up nearly 25 per cent on last year's numbers.

It is the largest increase in the number of new domestic student enrolments the University has recorded in recent years.

“With new campus facilities and additional academic programmes we are delivering, we are delighted to see so many students in the region taking up studies at the  campus,” says regional chief executive Professor John Raine.

“The opening during Orientation week of the new Ferguson bistro bar and the opening of the new library and information services building in November this year are further enhancements to the services we are delivering to students and staff,” he says.

Humanities, science and business courses experienced the biggest surge in new domestic enrolments. Other popular study options this year are the Bachelor of Speech Language Therapy, the postgraduate diploma in business administration, and the veterinary science intermediate semester.

The Master's in Nursing programme has doubled its new enrolments this year and the Bachelor of Construction - introduced last year at the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology - has also shown strong  enrolment growth.

New international student numbers are up 17 per cent on last year, says Professor Raine.

Because of the numbers, the campus had to move its welcome reception function to North Harbour Stadium, where 800 new students and their families and friends filled the venue. It was the biggest attendance since the campus opened 16 years ago.

Significantly, close to a third of students enrolled at Massey's Albany campus are postgraduates. Professor Raine says this confirms the University's growing strength as a research hub with the presence of several prestigious research centres, including the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, and the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution. The Human Nutrition Research Centre, which carries out collaborative research with health, education, and community agencies, opened last year.

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