Strong demand for Flinders courses – a boon for community and industry

Flinders University has had a significant growth in demand for its engineering and computer science courses in 2009.

Today, more than 5000 prospective students will be offered a place in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Flinders, representing an overall increase in application numbers of around 5 per cent over last year.

Flinders University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parkin, said the demand in areas experiencing critical graduate-level skills shortages was especially welcome.

“In addition to engineering and computer science, both areas where industry has been crying out for skilled graduates, Flinders has had very strong interest in education and nursing courses,” Professor Parkin said.

“This will mean more teachers and nurses graduating from Flinders over the next few years, which augurs well for meeting the needs of the broader community,” he said.

Other popular courses at Flinders University for 2009 include paramedic science, health sciences, social work and social planning, business and the new Bachelor of International Tourism.

Professor Parkin said the growth in numbers was also reflected among high-achieving students applying for science (honours), psychology, nutrition, law and paramedic degrees.

“We are pleased with the quality and quantity of applications for Flinders University courses. Demand is also high for our postgraduate courses in the health sciences and education areas,” he said.

“Flinders University offers a range of tertiary education options that are not only relevant now but also aspire to meet the future needs of the community and industry. We are delighted that this is widely recognised.”

More offers will be made to prospective students in coming weeks, and Professor Parkin urged anyone considering tertiary study in 2009 to submit a late application.

“Flinders University has a wide range of undergraduate courses and a variety of pathways to tertiary study still open for qualified applicants.”

Interested students can contact the Admissions/Prospective Students Office by phoning 08 8201 3074 or 1300 657 671 (local call cost), or email admissions@flinders.edu.au

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