Students transferred after earthquake come home

6:45 am on 3 July 2011

One hundred and sixty-seven Canterbury university students who transferred to Adelaide after the February earthquake have returned to Christchurch.

They came back on a specially chartered Qantas jet.

Students doing business, economics, arts and science degrees were offered places at the University of Adelaide while quake-damaged buildings at the University of Canterbury were repaired.

Canterbury's vice-chancellor, Rod Carr, says the University of Adelaide gave them a warm and sincere reception and it has been an excellent experience for them during unsettling times in Christchurch.

Mr Carr says he expects to meet Adelaide's vice-chancellor, James McWha - who was also on the flight - and thank him personally for the opportunity given to the Canterbury students.