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ECU continues to build upon success

Thursday, 21 January 2010


Edith Cowan University (ECU) is building upon a strong year in 2008, with 2009 is shaping up to be another highly successful year for the University. 

From domestic and international student applications and enrolments, to an operating surplus, ECU is going from strength to strength. State-of-the-art facilities, coupled with outstanding teaching and research staff, ensure ECU students are given every possible chance to reach their potential.

In 2009 ECU received nine per cent more first preferences for Semester 1 through the Tertiary Institutions Service Center (TISC) than in 2008.

The University also followed up a strong five per cent growth in enrolled student numbers in 2008 with further growth of six per cent at the census date of 31 March in 2009.

International students also continue to flock to ECU's courses. First year commencements for international onshore students have risen 16 per cent as compared to the same time in 2008, building on the previous year's growth of 7.5 per cent.

This news is particularly reassuring given education's standing as Australia's third largest export.

ECU is also sitting on a solid financial foundation. In 2008 the University reported an operating surplus of $22 million, $2 million more than forecast.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox said it was pleasing to see the University doing so well, particularly in these times of global economic crisis.

"At ECU we have long been focused on developing a value-adding, sustainable and engaged university. In 2008 we began to reap the rewards of much hard work and dedication.

"I expect the momentum of ECU of the last year or two to continue to build, and to be helpful to Western Australia during the difficult times ahead," he said.

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