15 Dec 2012

Students returning to Christchurch

11:28 am on 15 December 2012

The University of Canterbury says a big jump in the number of applications for next year shows growing student confidence in Christchurch after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Applications to enrol in first-year science and engineering courses are up 44% on this time last year, while overall first-year domestic and first-year international applications are up 20%.

Vice-chancellor Dr Rod Carr said the university contributes more than $1 billion to the local economy every year and attracting more students to Christchurch is one of the most significant contributions it can make to the rebuild.