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Southern Cross University expands online offering, launching 25 courses on Open Universities Australia


Jessica Nelson
14 December 2021
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Southern Cross University student Haile Shishaye

Southern Cross University is pleased to announce an expanded online course offering on the Open Universities Australia marketplace.

Launching this week, Southern Cross will offer a further 25 courses through the leading online higher education marketplace to meet student demand, and to provide new and unique learning opportunities for students nationwide. These courses are in addition to seven postgraduate courses already available on the marketplace through Southern Cross University Online.


New Southern Cross University offerings on the Open Universities Australia marketplace include bachelor degrees in:

  • Business and Enterprise,
  • Laws, Legal and Justice Studies,
  • Community Welfare,
  • Social Work,
  • Engineering Systems (Honours),
  • Information Technology,
  • Education (including Primary, Secondary, Primary/Secondary, Early Childhood/Primary, Technology), and
  • Science (including Earth and Environmental Systems, Marine Systems, Forestry Systems, Regenerative Agriculture).

Other new offerings include:

  • Diploma courses in Business and in Civil Construction,
  • Associate Degree of Civil Construction
  • Graduate Certificates in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine, Diabetes Education and Management, Regenerative Agriculture
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)
  • Master of Teaching (including Secondary and Early Childhood).


Southern Cross University Vice President (Engagement) Ben Roche said the University was proud to be offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses through Open Universities Australia, making the University’s world-class course options accessible to students nationally.

“We offer unique degree options in naturopathy, business and enterprise, and our world-first regenerative agriculture program, and we are highly ranked in the top 200 young universities globally (Times Higher Education) and top 250 in the world for Physical Sciences,” he said.

“Our University is currently rolling out an innovative new teaching model with a six-week term structure, an emphasis on real-world applications and active learning, called the ‘Southern Cross Model’, which has proven to increase student satisfaction and pass rates. This new model will be a major drawcard for Australians planning to study online in 2022.

“We are pleased to work with OUA, who deliver a valuable tool in connecting Australians to their options in higher education, and we aim to expand the course offering after the first year.”

David Cummings, Head of Partnerships at Open Universities Australia said formally welcoming Southern Cross University onto the marketplace gives more choice to students coming to the largest platform for online higher education in the country.

“Southern Cross has a proven commitment to enabling students of all walks of life access to quality education, which aligns with OUA’s focus on facilitating study pathways for every individual irrespective of age, location or life circumstance. The University’s new ‘Southern Cross Model’ of six-week terms also enables people to engage in study at a time that suits them - something we value as we support people in integrating study into their everyday lives.”

The new undergraduate and postgraduate courses can be found here, with students also able to explore the Southern Cross University Online postgraduate offering including Masters degrees in Education, Business Administration (MBA), Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, and the Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Graduate Certificate in Business, and Graduate Diploma in Project Management.


About Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is a leading young regional university powered by passion and driven by excellence, with main campuses at Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour. Southern Cross has a strong online cohort of students across Australia and boasts a strong reputation for personalised student experience and support.

About Open Universities Australia

Open Universities Australia is the national leader in online higher education, offering students the ability to choose from over 2,500 subjects and more than 570 degree programs from 25 of Australia’s leading universities. Open Universities Australia enables access to quality higher education for everyone, from anywhere, regardless of previous study experience, enriching the lives of people, their families and their communities.


Media contact: Jessica Nelson, media office at Southern Cross University, 0417 288 794 or [email protected]