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The two-day event will be held on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July from 9am to 4pm.

Massey University is hosting Virtual Open Days for the second year in a row so prospective students and their whānau can learn about studying with Massey from wherever they choose.

The two-day event will be held on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July from 9am to 4pm and will feature a mixture of live and pre-recorded sessions with academic staff who will speak to the range of study options available. Attendees can chat in real time with staff through the online engagement tool, The Access Platform. 

In August, Campus Visit Days in Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington will allow people to meet staff, and get a sense of the campuses, facilities, accommodation, in person. 

National Events and Sponsorship Manager Kelly Douglas says hosting an online event over two days is about making it as easy as possible for people to discover information, in a way that works for them, especially in the environment we are currently operating in due to COVID-19. 

“With the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and unplanned lockdowns, we want to ensure we offer the opportunity for people to connect with us, regardless of what comes our way. We understand everyone’s schedules are busy and often people are juggling work, study, families and other commitments. We saw how successful these online events were last year and how people across Aotearoa and the world appreciated the flexibility, so we’re proud to be offering this again.”

Almost 5,000 people visited the Open Days platform last year, more than double the number of people who attended the in-person events in 2019. Attendees ranged from 18 years old to over 65 and joined from 78 countries world-wide.

First-year student Shannon Aislabie chose to study a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Marketing and Property after attending a Virtual Open Day from home, followed by a Campus Visit Day, last year.

“Not only was I provided with amazing information on the Virtual Open Days, but my experience of visiting the campus really tied everything together and allowed me to confirm my decision was right for me. Open Days included lots of useful information about all aspects of university life [and then] I got to familiarise myself with the space and campus that I was choosing to attend. I felt so comfortable and welcomed at Massey University.”

She says the regular communication and reminders in the lead up to the events were helpful and gave her a sense of how Massey communicates with students, which has continued as she began studying.

“Massey is doing an incredible job at looking after new students. They have guided me so well over the last few months. They cater for everyone and strive to make their students the best they can possibly be. I would recommend Massey University to absolutely everyone.” 

Shannon decided to study business with a focus on property and marketing, due to the varied career opportunities in those industries. 

“Property is my main interest as it is an ever-changing field, and it is very relevant all the time. Marketing ties in well to this, which is why I decided to complete the double major. Business is such an open market and there is room for growth and change [in] society, and therefore I believed that business is the best pathway for me.”

The Virtual Open Days programme is now live. Explore the programme and register your interest to be in the draw to win an Apple iPad.