Monash offers ‘stable’

MONASH University Gippsland has offered almost 400 places for students undertaking an undergraduate course this year, which is a similar level to last year.

Monash University Gippsland director public affairs Tim Grainger said strong demand was seen for courses in business, education, engineering, nursing and science.

“The numbers are looking consistent with what the campus is planning for,” Mr Grainger said, adding the numbers were “stable”.

“We have also seen pleasing demand for our pathway programs which are enabling more students, and especially those in regional areas, to study at university.

“This year, we have made over 60 offers in our Diploma of Tertiary Studies, which allows students with a lower year 12 score to apply to Monash, and begin studying towards their chosen degree.”

When asked how primary indications for enrolment numbers were looking at the regional campus, Mr Grainger said it was too early to tell until the second round and supplementary offers had been sent out.

“At this stage, looking at offers, it’s in line with campus objectives,” he said.

He reminded students who have received offers to follow instructions about how to accept their offers, particularly with regard to cut-off dates and enrolment requirements.

Mr Grainger said students who had not received offers still had several options to study at university this year, through an additional round of course offers in February or by applying directly to the universities they wished to study at.

Across its campuses, Monash University increased its first round offers this year by 6.5 per cent to 9855 students.

In a statement, the university said strong demand for new courses such as the Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Honours) and new double degree programs such as the Monash Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Business highlighted prospective students’ desire for industry-relevant courses.

The university as a whole also saw demand for its Bachelor of Arts program buck a national trend by increasing in the first round of offers.