I started my journalism course at Charles Sturt University in first semester 1990, just 12 months after it became a university.
Prior to that CSU had been known as Mitchell College of Advanced Education and, prior to that, Bathurst Teachers’ College.
Each name change represented a new era for the institution – a loss of something from the past, certainly, but also something new for the future.
Now CSU is considering another name change to as part of a plan to “evolve our brand to meet the needs of the market and ensure we can continue sustainable growth in our student numbers”.
Naturally, the proposal has sparked a spirited debate. Change always does.
But a new name, if it happens, should hold no real concerns for past – or current – students.
The value of a university education is not the name on the degree but, rather, the experiences you gain while studying. And nothing can take that away.
If CSU becomes Wiradjuri University, I will enthusiastically support the change and wish my alma mater only the best for the future.
If it doesn’t, I will do the same.
Either way, I’ll never forget my uni days.