Excitement flows at Charles Sturt University Dubbo campus as it welcomes this year's first-year students and the return of on-campus teaching and learning after a year of online operations in 2020 due to COVID-19.
This year 46 commencing students were welcomed to CSU Dubbo during Orientation Week, an annual event that runs from February 22 to February 26.
The campus also welcomed back 89 continuing students.
CSU Dubbo Campus director of external engagements James McKechnie said this year CSU Dubbo has welcomed a 'steady' number of students.
"We're excited to be back, there's a good vibrant feeling on campus," Mr McKechnie said.
"We're at a good stable point, our numbers are steady. We're excited to be welcoming our commencing students and it's been great to see faces back on campus again and the return of on-campus operations."
Mr McKechnie said the CSU Dubbo campus attracts students from all backgrounds and pathways, which they have again seen for 2021.
"We've got a number of future nurses and social work professionals starting their studies with us this year," he said.
"We look forward to training and preparing them to go on to provide much-needed services to regional and rural communities across Australia."
Orientation Week 2021 was a little different from those in the past as all of the students present were female.
Mr McKechnie said it is not uncommon for Dubbo CSU to welcome a high ratio of women students, which was likely due to the courses it offers such as nursing.
Mr McKechnie said CSU Dubbo did however also support a lot of students online.
This year CSU campus' across the board are also continuing its commitment to a policy of zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment by taking part in the Subject Zero program.
The Subject Zero program aims to ensure CSU students are 'informed, supported and empowered from their first day.'
A welcoming ceremony was held on Thursday for commencing students to get to know their peers and educators, participate in a tour of the campus and participate in a range of social events and information sessions.
They were also introduced to the Subject Zero Program.
A cake was also the main point of celebration on the day in the true Orientation Week tradition.
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