JCU puts Cairns campus on display

Future JCU students recently had the opportunity to race a remote-controlled robot, make a smoothie while riding a bike, or turn their smartphone into a microscope.

James Cook University threw open the doors of its Cairns campus to the public this past Sunday (July 27) from midday to 4 p.m. with a large line-up of fun activities, tours and presentations highlighting the many courses available in Cairns.

James Cook University Dental School
Who wouldn’t want to study in beautiful Cairns? (Photo credit: Tourism Queensland)

Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the annual open day would give people the opportunity to plan their futures by investigating courses and career options as well as information on degrees and pathways.

“James Cook University’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Information Technology and Social Sciences across three campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore,” Professor Harding said, adding that visitors had the opportunity to talk to representatives from the careers team, hear students talk about what university life is like and find out about student fees and scholarships, exchange programs and accommodation.

Tours included visits to the Australian Tropical Herbarium, dentistry facilities, nursing simulation labs and sports and exercise science facilities.

Other activities included IT pitting Apple against Android, science challenges to build a tower from marshmallows and spaghetti, and archaeologists using 3D imaging and printing to unlock ancient secrets.

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