Club classroom

By ROXANNE MILLAR

HOW about a bachelor of bowls, a doctorate in drinking or perhaps a masters in meals?

Looking at the timetable of classes at Southern Cross University's Tweed Heads campus this year, it seems anything is possible.

Having failed to cope with an increase in demand by students, the three-year-old university has rented room at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club for classes.

Students paying upwards of $2000 a year for degrees will be taught in converted space in the Opals Room at the adjacent bowls club.

Their classroom will have a bar and easy access to the pokies for those essential "study breaks".

Tweed campus manager and associate dean Bryan Rothwell said up to 80 students at a time would use the room each day for a number of classes.

He said it had been rented for the next 12 months, after which they expect a new wing to have been built.

"It might be a bit of a nuisance for students," he said.

"The next stage is in the planning and preparation stage, everything is on track .?.?. for early 2006," he said.

Along with securing extra hired space, the university has also changed office configurations and teaching spaces on campus.

Mr Rothwell said it was not the case that the university, a leader in business courses, had failed to manage its own business growth.

"It is not too big to manage it," he said.



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