Open Day highlights impact of STEM and graduate success

People walking up steps at University of Adelaide

Open Day at the University of Adelaide

How students can make a difference through the real-world impact of STEM… a new defence degree tailored to industry needs… what it means to be entrepreneurial… and hearing first-hand about graduate success – these are among the highlights at this weekend’s University of Adelaide Open Day (Sunday 18 August).

Open Day is the major event on the University's calendar to assist students in deciding their future study and career choices.

Thousands of potential students, their families and members of the community will get a taste of university life on the University’s vibrant North Terrace campus, and at the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building in the West End of Adelaide.

“Visitors to our beautiful campus spaces will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from staff, current students and successful graduates. They will offer the very best advice about the skills needed for future careers, what to study to help develop those skills, and the career opportunities available now as well as the future world of work,” says the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Pascale Quester.

“It’s important that students and families who visit our campus understand not only the quality of education offered at the University of Adelaide, but also the many student support services available to them, the University’s social and sporting life, and scholarships and study abroad opportunities.”

Visitors to our beautiful campus spaces will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from staff, current students and successful graduates.Professor Pascale Quester

Highlights of Open Day 2019 include:

STEM World Problem Solver Zone

Potential students will hear how they can make a difference to the world through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STEM World Problem Solver Zone highlights 17 sustainable development goals set by the United Nations, and how the University’s students, staff and graduates are tackling the grand challenges of food security, sustainable energy, good health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and Indigenous and societal wellbeing. Final-year STEM projects will also be on display.

New defence degree answers industry call

New degree programs under the spotlight at Open Day include the Bachelor of Technology (Defence). This new degree answers the call from industry to the University of Adelaide for a qualification that sits between a trade technician and a professional engineer. With strong connections to industry, the program has been designed to meet the demands for a skilled workforce with high employment opportunities post completion. As part of the program, students will commence their security clearance process, offering a fast-track for graduates to start their defence industry careers sooner.

Inspiration, not just information

Thanks to entrepreneurs attached to the University’s ThincLab, potential business-minded students will hear what it means to be “entrepreneurial” and why those skills are important – and they’ll have a chance to pitch their own business ideas.

Law graduates will explain to prospective students how the Adelaide Law School has prepared them to be successful legal professionals.

Could you save a life?

Visitors to the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building will see and experience medical simulations, including a trauma scenario, a maternity/birthing suite in action, and they’ll have a chance to learn CPR skills and put those to the test in a simulated race to “save a life”.

Guided tours will also be available of the University’s Biomechanics Laboratory, where engineers and scientists carry out experiments and design devices for spinal, orthopaedic and trauma research. Learn how the mechanics of bones and tissues are assessed, and how orthopaedic implants are designed.

And visit the musculoskeletal Gait Laboratory, a world-class facility using state-of-the-art motion capture technology to help improve outcomes for patients after orthopaedic and trauma surgery. Bookings essential.

The Future of Teaching through Augmented Reality

Every aspect of our lives is changing thanks to digital technologies. See how teaching and the future of teaching is changing through digital technologies such as Augmented Reality, an emerging technology that can be incorporated into most subjects and classrooms today, making learning efficient, fast, and fun.

Elder Conservatorium music performances

The University’s iconic Elder Hall and Barr Smith Library will come to life with music performances by current students, showcasing their talents across classical, jazz and popular music.


Alpacas from the University’s Roseworthy campus will join Open Day at North Terrace. They’re part of the first-year Animal Handling course which all students in Animal Science, Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Bioscience must complete. The cuddly alpacas are happy for visitors to pat them

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