Tweed SCU will close by 2013

SOUTHERN Cross University plans to shut down its two Tweed campuses and move all classes to Bilinga within two years.

The two Tweed Heads locations – in Brett Street and Caloola Drive – will be closed by 2013, when the beachside campus, next to the Gold Coast Airport, will become the primary hub of the university.

“By the beginning of 2013, it will all be here,” said Tweed Gold Coast campus administrator Mary-Anne Clark at SCU's orientation week celebrations this week.

“By having the majority of our orientation programs held here, we are getting students familiar with the campus to make the move a bit easier.”

Other developments will include the construction of a new 10-storey health and human sciences and education building.

This week's orientation program has seen more than 200 new students take part in live music, free food and skills and course workshops.

More than half of the new students involved were international.

“The atmosphere here has been really upbeat and there's a lot happening on campus,” Ms Clark said.

Another strong focus of this year's orientation has been including family members in the program.

“We've had a lot of family members attend workshops, and it's really important in creating those support networks,” Ms Clark said.

Ms Clark said SCU's main focus has, and always will be, the students.

“I think what sets us apart from other institutions is that we really pay a lot of attention to this transition period in a new student's life, and we do what we can to make that change as easy and as fun as possible,” she said.

Orientation programs will continue at all campuses for the next fortnight.

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