Curtin University’s $32 million Kalgoorlie campus will remain less than 30 per cent full leading into the new semester amid mounting difficulties attracting students to mining-related degrees.
The university this week confirmed only 61 WA School of Mines students are set to occupy the 228 available rooms at Agricola Residential College which was unveiled in January last year, part-funded by a $20 million injection from the Royalties for Regions scheme under the former Barnett government.
The low residency rate means only 26.7 per cent of the facility will be in use, with 167 dorms vacant.
Curtin University vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said there was still opportunity for residency to increase if students opted to move into the accommodation blocks during the semester. This offer also includes those completing work placements and students studying Central Regional TAFE programs.
There are 141 students enrolled to study at the WA School of Mines this year, excluding the external and fully online cohort.
Saracen Mineral Holdings managing director Raleigh Finlayson, the WA School of Mines Alumni president, heads a task force that aims to attract more students to the resources sector.