A roadshow aiming to give students a taste of university life will be coming to the city.
Macquarie University will be coming to Griffith as part of the university's Learning, Education, Aspiration and Participation program to host a roadshow which aims to inform students of what to expect if they choose to pursue a university education.
The roadshow, which previously came out to the region in 2018, is due to stop in Griffith on February 13 for a 'taster' session, where high school students will be able to take part in a 'mock' lecture, engage with a range of different disciplines on offer - including economics, ancient history and performing arts - and talk to representatives from the university about what options will be available to them as they look to the future.
Pro vice-chancellor of programs and pathways at the university Professor Sean Brawley said the program was designed to address challenges regional students who live in areas with no university campuses face when considering what to do at the end of their secondary education.
"We know that having contact with and visiting a university can influence a young person's decision to pursue further education," Professor Brawley said.
"That's not as simple for students in regional and rural areas."
Activities will also be on show for students, with a chance to handle artefacts from the university's Ancient Cultures museum, the option to experience one of the university's campus accommodation sites in virtual reality and the chance to hear from academics and current university students.
However, it will not just students who get a look behind the curtains of university life, with sessions also planned to discuss sustainable education with teachers and community members.
Professor Brawley said one of the key messages behind the roadshow was to let students know there is more than one pathway to tertiary education and the roadshow aims to give students and parents as much knowledge as possible to help them make decisions.
"The ATAR is not the only pathway into university," Professor Brawley said.
The Griffith stop will be part of a Riverina tour, with further stops also planned for Leeton, Yanco and Ardlethan.
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