Federal Minister for Education, the Honorable Jason Clare MP, and Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney, Professor Barney Glover AO, at the Bankstown City campus site in the heart of the CBD of Bankstown.
Western Sydney University hosted the visit of the new Federal Minister for Education, the Honorable Jason Clare MP, to its Bankstown City campus currently under construction in the heart of the Bankstown CBD.
Minister Clare met with university leaders, including Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Barney Glover AO, and toured the $340 million world-class vertical campus – due for completion by the end of 2022 and should provide significant economic and social benefits to communities. from western Sydney.
As part of the visit, the minister and university representatives also discussed wider opportunities for the higher education sector and the vital contribution that universities like Western Sydney University make to national productivity. and the social and economic future of Australia’s rapidly growing urban areas.
Minister Clare said the new campus at the University of Western Sydney will bring quality education and employment opportunities to Australia’s fastest growing region.
“Growing up in Western Sydney, I had to travel for hours each day to and from university. This development, which is directly opposite my electoral office, means that the young people who grew up here can go to university here.
Professor Glover said the University was pleased to host Minister Clare’s visit so soon after the federal election and warmly congratulated him on his appointment.
“The University looks forward to working closely with the Minister and the Government of Albania to maximize the extraordinary benefits that higher education generates in the national interest. The role of universities in dynamic and diverse regions like Bankstown and Western Sydney more broadly, is essential to increasing productivity and creating social and economic opportunity in a sustainable and equitable way. This first visit by a new Minister is an important recognition of this fact,” said Professor Glover.
“As a long-time representative of Western Sydney, Minister Clare is deeply committed to our region and he understands the transformative impact higher education has on our local communities. Their strong support for initiatives such as our new Bankstown City campus is an important signal to local industry, the community and also our international partners, of the centrality of education to the continued development of Western Sydney.
The University’s new vertical campus is being developed in partnership with Walker Corporation, creating hundreds of jobs during its construction and providing a multi-million dollar boost to the economy. When completed, it will provide approximately $140 million annually in additional economic stimulus to the Canterbury-Bankstown economy and the wider region.
The campus will accommodate up to 10,000 students and 1,000 employees, bringing them to the CBD and integrating them into the cultural, economic and social life of the city.
The building includes highly accessible, technology-rich, state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, as well as work-integrated learning opportunities for students, collaborative corporate partnerships and strong links with industry, community and businesses. It will offer:
- Research programs focused on health, advanced manufacturing and education
- Courses in teacher education, psychology, arts and humanities, business, accounting, non-clinical health fields, and related pathway programs
- Spaces for teaching, research, conference and conviviality
- Informal learning spaces and indoor and outdoor terraces
- Easy access to the future Bankstown tube station.
Designed by Lyon’s award-winning architects, the University and its development partner Walker Corporation are also strongly committed to sustainable building, aiming to achieve a 6-star Green Star rating. Sustainability features include rainwater capture and reuse, as well as innovative thermal and lighting systems and rooftop solar panels.
Western Sydney University was recently named number one in the world for social, ecological and economic impact in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings.