Record numbers for Brisbane Open Day

Published: Monday 27th July 2015

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Record numbers of visitors attended Open Day on ACU’s Brisbane Campus on Saturday making the all-day event an outstanding success.

Thanks to an extensive marketing campaign in the lead-up to the event a total of 1726 visitors attended the campus representing 33 per cent growth compared to last year.

Marketing and External Relations Director Andrea Turley said the day ran exceptionally well because of fantastic planning and the execution of great ideas by a committed ACU team.

“It requires University wide involvement to deliver such a great day and we appreciate everyone’s participation in the lead-up to and on the day,” Ms Turley said.

“The great attendance was the result of great promotion in the lead-up and once people arrived there was genuine engagement with staff and students.

“We had a true ACU look and feel, a consistent message and great engagement with the app, digital activation and social media.

“The faculty stands and the booths looked amazing and we received great feedback about the presentations.

“The Brisbane event was an outstanding start to Open Day season and will generate momentum as we roll out more activities across all campuses.”

Associate Vice-Chancellor (Brisbane) Professor Jim Nyland said the campus looked splendid on the day due to a lot of work behind the scenes from the Campus Properties team as well as the Marketing and External Relations team.

“Academic and professional staff attendance at such an event is crucial to its success as our ACU’s student ambassadors and volunteers so I thank each and every one of you for the efforts put in on Saturday in showcasing this great campus,” Professor Nyland said.

Key activities and events at Brisbane included:

A $10,000 prize towards one of ACU’s international study experiences

Entertainment includes interactive Facebook game ACU Racer, and the crew from Nova FM, and games with players from Brisbane Roar football team

Opportunity to investigate studying in Italy at our newly opened Rome Campus

Sessions for parents and families

Access to academic and admissions experts who answered questions about what to study and what’s involved

Demonstrations in the state-of-the-art specialist facilities and chances to carry out the equipment

Interactive workshop CSI Jerusalem which critically examined the reports of Jesus’ death

Meetings with the people who run ACU support services, including Campus Ministry, Weemala Indigenous Higher Education Unit and the McAuley Student Association

Visits to the sports precinct, including sporting ovals, a sports court, Olympic standard gymnasium and swimming pool

Representatives from Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) about how to apply