The University of Newcastle, Australia

Central Coast 25th anniversary

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Ourimbah campus is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the University of Newcastle's presence on the Central Coast with a number of celebrations organised with campus and community partners.

UON Central Coast library at night

UON staff and students are invited to participate in the commemorations of this milestone.  As part of the foundation day celebrations, Ourimbah campus will be hosting an anniversary lunch on Monday 28 July 2014, with entertainment, activities and a cake cutting by Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen.  Events and celebrations are scheduled to run until Central Coast Open Day on 16 August 2014.

From small beginnings, the campus continues to grow in size and student numbers. When the first classes commenced on 28 July 1989, approximately 89 students were enrolled in business and humanities courses. Today, more than 4,500 students are enrolled in UON courses and programs at Ourimbah.

Raising aspirations for higher education on the Central Coast is a key purpose of UON on the Central Coast. As part of the anniversary commemorations, UON Central Coast will profile the personal and professional journeys of 25 alumni who have completed their UON course or program at the Ourimbah campus.

The UON Central Coast: Showcasing Student Success project will capture the diverse journeys of these former students, whose lives have been transformed through higher education, as a way to inspire other Central Coast residents to consider how a tertiary education could help to reshape their futures.

As part of the project, UON Central Coast is partnering with internationally-awarded Central Coast filmmakers, Treehouse Creative to bring to life some of these student stories in a special video series that will be used to raise the profile of the campus and its unique program offerings.

The history of the campus, its students and staff will be celebrated in a photographic exhibition to be displayed in the Ourimbah Library, to be launched as part of the foundation day celebrations.

To keep up to date with the events being planned, or to hear the stories of the campus anniversary, follow @Engage_CC on Twitter or visit the website.

  • Leonie Brann

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