According to a recent assessment by Forbes, more than a quarter of a billion students from around the world will enroll in higher learning institutions by 2025. This places massive pressure on today’s college and university campuses to rapidly evolve to accommodate these students' growing and changing needs, including the influx of millennials or Generation Y.
Despite the rapidly changing university and college landscape, one thing remains the same: the importance of the campus experience. Of course, the campus experience usually refers to how students interact with their higher learning environment, but there are many different levels to that interaction.
With students traveling from as far away as Zimbabwe, India, Namibia, and Pakistan to study on-campus in Perth or Melbourne, the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is constantly striving to create a supportive blended learning model, small class sizes, and on-campus life unique to the needs of our students.
To provide an insider account of the EIT on-campus experience, we spoke to our student recruitment and student services officers and a student ambassador. Read on to hear what they have to say about our incredible on-campus experience:
On-campus Lifestyle and Support
With his sound background in advising on course entry criteria and study pathways for VET and Higher Education, EIT Course Advisor Chris Fordyce says EIT’s extensive course selection, plus vibrant on-campus lifestyle and academic support, make it an excellent choice for students from around the globe.
“Besides providing specialist engineering courses taught by industry experts with easy access to student support, EIT also has an active social community, which helps build networks with peers and encourages collaboration with small class sizes,” said Chris.
On whether classes are lecture-based or discussion-based, Chris says students are involved in tutorials per topic which encourages discussion of various ideas and assessment discussions. “We can chat about upcoming equations and assessments and provide ongoing course feedback.”
The Institute delivers its on-campus degrees via a unique methodology that uses an international pool of expert lecturers and dedicates learning support officers. It provides students access to cutting-edge simulation software alongside physical and virtual laboratories to test concepts and deepen their understanding of program content.
An On-campus Student's Perspective
Nyasha Mupudzi, who started his on-campus Bachelor of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering in 2022 and is an EIT Student Ambassador, loves his time on campus and says new students will also find it appealing.
As a student ambassador for the Perth campus, Nyasha’s responsibilities include, among others, welcoming students and giving school groups an event overview, and engaging with students during social activities. He also says he encourages conversations around higher education and careers and shows students around the campus to help them settle in.
“The campus is close to the city, and provides endless opportunities. On weekends we usually go to the beach to play beach soccer and watch other guys surfing. There is a wide range of restaurants, from Asian to African restaurants, cinemas, and other cool activities. The new sport I like very much is indoor skydiving,” said Nyasha.
EIT’s Perth campus is in leafy, green Bentley, and the Victorian Campus is in the heart of Melbourne. The Perth location is an academic, innovation, enterprise, and technology hub and is approximately eight kilometers from Perth’s city center and close to public transport services. Meanwhile, the Victorian Campus offers easy access to public transport services and is close to restaurants, theatres, shopping, and sporting facilities.
Learning And So Much More
From providing administrative and social support to planning community enrichment events and helping students struggling academically, EIT always has its finger on the pulse of its students’ needs. And it’s staff members like Richard Jones, EIT's Student Services Coordinator, who ensure the on-campus experience is academically enriching and socially fulfilling.
Richard says EIT has a vibrant and busy campus life focusing on success and social and community principles. A broad range of activities establishes rapport between students and staff, including a semester social program, sports (cricket and soccer), regular BBQs, and opportunities to meet as a community.
“Student Services also runs weekly student success workshops covering time management, academic integrity, careers, personal well-being, and exam anxiety and preparation. Day-to-day, there is a vibrant energy on campus, with students engaging with higher education staff to ensure study success,” said Richard.
But what would a typical day be like for a student on the Perth or Melbourne campuses?
According to Richard, there are usually a minimum of two to three lectures or live tutorials daily. Students are then encouraged to use the student common areas, which are a great place to catch up on assignments and classwork, chat with fellow students, and relax.
“Each day, something interesting happens, and we encourage students to stay on campus and make EIT a home away from home. There are also extracurricular activities throughout the semester.”
Examples of some of the activities highlighted by Richards include: Engineers Australia/EIT World Series Cricket, masterclass breakfasts, themed BBQs, regular soccer matches, EIT share points for gamers, movie nights, regular site visits to industry (Hoffman Engineering, Elenium, and CSIRO). He said many students join local sporting and social clubs and have a busy calendar from week to week.
If you are considering studying with EIT at their Melbourne of Perth campuses and have questions about the courses offered at the respective campuses, tuition and associated living costs, or visa applications, click this link for answers to these and many more questions.
Alternatively, you can view a complete list of our Online Engineering Courses.
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