The University of Newcastle, Australia

Explore opportunities at Central Coast

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Future students and their families will have a chance to learn about the wide range of degrees and courses offered at the joint University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE Central Coast campus this Saturday 13 August.

Open Day visitors can speak face-to-face with staff and current students, and tour the campus facilities to gain an insight into tertiary study.  A range of interactive displays and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day, including the Worldskills Australia Try’aSkill competition for Building and Construction, explosive SMART Science Show, world-champion football-playing NUbots and exhibitions with industry partners.

University of Newcastle’s Associate Director of Tertiary and Regional Partnerships, Linda Cooper, said academic excellence went hand in hand with an exciting community at the Central Coast campus.

"At the Central Coast we are very proud of the experience offered by our vibrant campus lifestyle. The University of Newcastle offers quality education in a social, community-based, learning environment. Students who start their studies at Ourimbah are nurtured and inspired locally to step out into the world on a global scale," Ms Cooper said.

“Industry partners are exhibiting this year, which provides an opportunity for people to find out about the type of careers and jobs that are available in the areas of study provided by Hunter TAFE and UON,” she said.

Hunter TAFE CEO, Christine Warrington said the Open Day was about connecting young people on the Central Coast with education that would enable them to pursue sustainable careers locally.

“The Open Day will provide an insight into all of the training options and career pathways available at our Wyong, Gosford and Ourimbah campuses,” says Ms Warrington.

“It is also a great opportunity to extend the link between education and the skills needs of industry right across the region, not just now but further into the future,” she said.

The Central Coast Open Day will be held on Saturday 13 August from 10am to 2pm at the Central Coast Campus, Chittaway Road, Ourimbah. Great food, music and entertainment will also be on offer.

For more information about Open Day or to register visit Those who register will be placed in a draw to win a $200 Westfield Voucher.

Open Day highlights:

WorldSkills Try’aSkill – Building and Construction

WorldSkills Australia’s Try’aSkill program aims to encourage people to appreciate that vocational education and training can open the door to many viable career choices. The program is a unique and exciting way of promoting trades and skills to all Australians and emphasising the importance of these vocations for business, government, and society.

Participants are guided through fun hands-on activities by industry experts, allowing them to discover the different types of techniques and tools required in a building & construction trades and skills required for careers in the industry.

Robot soccer

Like their human counterparts, sometimes robots dive in the penalty box. Check out our world champion NUbots as they display their ball skills in what may possibly be the coolest game of soccer you’ll ever watch.

Challenge your tastebuds

Be amazed by the cookery demonstration of native foods, fancy meats and sweet treats or tickle your taste buds with delicious mocktails made by the Hospitality Services students.

Food and fun

You're bound to be hungry from all the exploring, chatting and information-gathering you'll be doing at Open Day. Grab a coffee or bite to eat at one of our campus cafes, and chill out listening to local bands playing in the Main Quad. If you prefer something a little more hands-on, check out the demonstrations or participate in one of our activities to keep you entertained.

SMART Science Show

Liquid nitrogen. Fire. Explosions. Need we say more? This live, interactive, demonstration-based science show is something kids of all ages will enjoy as they get a taste of science, nature, maths and real technology.


For more information about our Open Days and why you should study at our world-class university, visit Open Days. For information and updates leading up to the event make sure you like UON Future Students on Facebook.

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