A new cohort about to make history

Young achievers take on the next stage of their lives by taking places in programs at the University of Adelaide that will position them as leaders of the future. Demand for programs in key areas such as healthcare remains strong, and the University continues to focus on meeting the need for professionals in cutting-edge industries such as cybersecurity.

The University of Adelaide Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Jennie Shaw, said the University of Adelaide has a full range of offerings.

“The University of Adelaide offers a range of subject choices and skills development that enable students to build their own futures and future careers,” Professor Shaw said.

“Students choose to get a quality education at one of the best universities in the world because it gives them the best opportunity to excel in life.

“The new cohort of students will bring new ideas and perspectives to the University of Adelaide, which is continually adapting the programs it offers as expectations and needs change with each new generation of learners throughout. lifelong.”

The five major undergraduate programs are medical sciences, dentistry, nursing, veterinary sciences, and arts.

Undergraduate courses in the School of Allied Health Science and Practice – now in their second year – continue to be popular with strong demand for places in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology programs.

The postgraduate programs offered by the University allow early-career professionals to build their expertise or change their area of ​​expertise.

The most popular postgraduate courses, which reflect the continued demand for healthcare professionals, include clinical psychology, counseling and psychotherapy, and nursing.

Postgraduate programs in cybersecurity and other high-tech fields expose students to real-world business scenarios that will equip them with the skills needed to meet the urgent demand for security professionals in these growing fields. .

During their academic career, students will have the opportunity to network with people in their chosen fields through the University of Adelaide’s long-term links with leading professional and research organizations. Australia’s future. The connections the University has with future employers ensure that their workforce needs are considered in the programs offered to the next generation of leaders.

“Internships and placements ensure that when students complete their programs, they will be equipped with the skills and experience necessary to give them a competitive edge as they reach the entry level of their chosen career beyond college. university,” Professor Shaw said.

Between 2017 and 2021, the number of domestic female students in STEM programs increased by 38% and women now make up more than a third of all students starting in these programs.

Aleesa Harmse is entering the second year of her bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering.

“At school, like many women, I was encouraged to aim for a career in caring roles in the health sector. I tried pharmacy, but I knew my real interest was engineering,” she said.

“People often don’t realize how cool engineering and STEM subjects can be. There are many similarities, such as the development of problem-solving skills, between different STEM subjects.”

Since 2017, there has been a steady increase in the uptake of STEM subjects by women at the University of Adelaide. The increase in the number of women starting STEM subjects (38%) from 2017 to 2021 is more than double the increase in the number of men starting (15%). In 2017, the starting class was made up of 29% women and in 2021 33%.

Of a total of 1,452 domestic students starting STEM subjects in 2017, 421 were women. In 2021, a total of 1772 domestic students started STEM subjects, of which 583 were women.

Many of this year’s undergraduate cohort will not be new to the University. High-achieving high school students who have participated in the University’s Headstart Scholarship Program have already studied part-time at the University during the 12th year.

They already have a taste of university life even before completing their studies and have had the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the diverse cultural and intellectual life of the University of Adelaide.

“This year’s new cohort of students will have the best opportunity to help solve societal challenges and make history like so many members of the University of Adelaide community,” said Professor Shaw .

“Welcome to all of our new students at the University of Adelaide.”

The University of Adelaide will continue to make program offers over the coming weeks. Student advisors are available to provide helpful advice to students who have not received their first preference or who are still considering university studies.

For more information on studying at the University of Adelaide visit: www.adelaide.edu.au

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