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Sun, 20 Aug 2017

Open Day in Cairns

Two young brothers making masks
Creative brothers at work at Open Day.

James Cook University in Cairns welcomed 3900 people to its annual Open Day today as locals, along with visitors from interstate and overseas, explored the campus and considered their study and career plans.

“We had perfect weather to welcome visitors and show off our campus,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of JCU’s Cairns campus, Professor Robyn McGuiggan said.

“Family groups had great fun with hands-on activities, and our enquiries staff were kept busy all day with questions about the range of courses offered, and the different paths to university.”

Professor McGuiggan said the aquarium, the dentistry simulation laboratory and the Sport and Exercise Science strength and conditioning lab were popular attractions.

JCU is celebrating 30 years in Cairns this year, and Professor McGuiggan said there was $64.5M worth of construction currently underway on campus.

“Our $40M on-campus accommodation is taking shape, and by first semester next year it will offer 300 residents all the advantages of living on campus while they study,” she said.

On the other side of campus, funded by the Queensland and Federal Governments, a $24.5M building will allow JCU to expand the work done by the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. It is scheduled for completion later this year.

“Open Day is our biggest event of the year. Thanks to everyone who visited, and all the staff and students who gave their time and expertise, 2017’s Open Day was a great success,” Professor McGuiggan said.