Murray River Study Hub to host first open day this Thursday

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New and prospective students will be able to take a look through the Murray River Study Hub and explore their options with staff at an open day this Thursday.

Career development advisors, university staff and graduates will be at the study hub, co-located with Murray Bridge's TAFE campus on Beatty Terrace, this Thursday.

The hub is a place where any university or TAFE student can complete their work in peace, with tea and coffee, wi-fi, computers and quiet spaces available; and where those studying online, including at partner institutions Flinders University and Central Queensland University, can access extra support.

Program manager Vanessa Leigh said it was important for people to realise that there were multiple ways to gain a qualification.

"Our team can help map these out," she said.

"Not only will we have our hub student advisors there to give you details of the hundreds of courses available, but we'll also have experts from our partner universities providing insights into the support and resources students receive throughout their degree."

Study hub committee chair David Coltman said the open day had been timed to coincide with universities' O-weeks.

"The open days are an opportunity for our new students to visit their local campus and meet the people who will be supporting them through their university study," he said.

"It's also a time for others to explore whether online university could work for them by hearing about the opportunities and support that come with this style of study.

"Completing your degree online gives you the same industry qualification and significance ... (and) proves your increased capabilities in the space of time management, responsibility, initiative, autonomous project management, proactivity and commitment - all skills desired by employers."

Federal MP Tony Pasin said the hub overcame some of the barriers that had previously discouraged country residents from studying at university.

"Online uni is now more affordable, accessible and accepted than ever before," he said.

"The (study hub) is the perfect entry point for aspiring university students who may not have the resources to be able to move to the city to study.

"The hub now gives them the opportunity to gain the same degree right here in the region."

Business, agriculture, marketing, health, education and criminology are among the hundreds offered through the study hub.