Open Day 2014 at the University of Melbourne

Posted on August 24th, 2014 by Lisa LaCharité

Posted under: _Melbourne School of Design, Events, Press, Things We Like

In a letter summarizing Open Day 2014 the Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Glyn Davis, wrote:

“A word of heartfelt thanks if I may to all staff for a superb Open Day at Parkville and Southbank yesterday. This annual event is a vital point of connection between the University and future students, families and the broader community. As ever, the professionalism and commitment of staff in making Open Day a great experience for visitors was outstanding.

This year, the University received an estimated 60,000 Open Day visitors. Many report a notable increase, yet again, in the number of interstate and international visitors. This year, particularly strong numbers were in evidence at the VCA, with a great atmosphere obvious among music theatre students in the new Lionel’s Lounge.

Among highlights was the first public airing of the stunning new Melbourne School of Design building. All day crowds moved and milled, in, out and around all sides of the building, engaged by extraordinary student displays, gazing up at Harry Potter-esque stairways and taking selfies on the concrete globes at the Swanston Street end. Despite large crowds in the new building’s atrium space, conversation was easy because of its outstanding acoustic qualities. Noted Melbourne architects were seen sneaking on to campus, seizing the chance for a quiet look!”


“Above all, our visitors engaged intensively in conversation, dialogue and friendly interrogation with generous staff members from across the faculties and schools.

It is this face-to-face contact which makes Open Day so vital to all this University achieves. For the water tight event planning, which made the day work so well (and even precluded rain!), I sincerely thank all involved: especially Kim Howells, Jacqueline Nguyen, Marcia Lewis, Taryn Groom and the Open Day team.

You may enjoy this wrap-up of Open Day 2014, which includes links to pre-recorded course information sessions from yesterday, and help for students and families wanting to take next steps to engage with Melbourne. It also includes an inspiring video of a memorable day on campus.”


If you’re interested in keeping up with media coverage on the University of Melbourne click on this link :  Melbourne School of Design New Building Media Coverage



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