The Gympie campus during construction.
The Gympie campus during construction. Lee Gailer

First-class uni facility opens its doors

GREY skies yesterday failed to take the shine off a bright day for Gympie as the city's new university campus opened its doors for the first day of lectures.

University manager Graham Young said 70 students had started in the mid-year intake of nursing and primary education, which was a good sign for the future of the $5.5 million campus.

This Sunday's open day will also showcase the two additional degrees being taught as of next year: Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

After completing the first lecture of the Communication and Thought course yesterday, several Gympie-based students had nothing but praise for the facility. Mother of two Marrianne Holden is studying a Bachelor of Nursing and said she would not be able to do the degree at all if not for the Gympie campus.

"All of that travel, and with two young children, it would have just been too hard," the 28-year-old said.

Karen Klee, 61, is in her second semester of environmental science, and will still have to travel to Sippy Downs but described the facilities at Cartwright Rd as "wonderful".

The Gympie campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast will hold an open day this Sunday 10am-2pm.

Gympie Times


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