Charles Sturt University has celebrated its 30th anniversary with awards for staff, cake and the planting of a tree.
Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary since the act of parliament declared CSU a university. However, the Dubbo campus opened in 1999.
CSU strategic adviser Fiona Nash said since the Dubbo campus opened the courses had remained, but the way they were delivered had changed.
Ms Nash said the university had already adapted to a three-day timetable, which had been "tremendously successful". The next step was to work with the local community to see what they need from the community.
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"We'll look at opportunities around how we can tie in with the community better to address future workplace challenges, working with businesses in the community to see what they need," Ms Nash said.
"We're looking a how we might deliver micro-credentials and shorter course arrangements that often fit better with people's lives and how they want to achieve the qualifications they need."
Ms Nash said she was really excited to work closely with the council, businesses and organisations.
"We know for the strength of the future of regional communities of all of our organisations and different sectors are working really closely together then we get better outcomes for people in the community. As the tertiary education provider in the community we take that responsibility really seriously," she said.
"Our ethos is creating a world worth living in. We're doing that not just as ourselves as a university but with the community and that's really exciting."
It's not just Dubbo benefiting from the university's footprint but the wider region.
"Particularly for the further western areas, we see a lot of students now who are often the first in their family to go on to tertiary education and that's really exciting as well, to be able to provide that opportunity. A lot of that is online, which is great as well," Ms Nash said.
Speaking at the celebrations, Dubbo Regional Council deputy mayor Anne Jones said she was happy to have been involved with the university for 21 years.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, CSU handed out three staff awards.
The winners of the Strong University category went to The CSU Indigenous Education Strategy and Indigenous Content in Courses team: Peta Jefferies, Kerstin Locke, Jay Phillips and Holly Randell-Moon. There were two Vibrant Regional Communities winners. The first was presented to the Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health's Jayne Lawrence and Cathy Maginnis, while a leadership award went to Bart Sykes.