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New SW Sydney Campus impresses UOW & Liverpool Council executives
UOW and Liverpool City Council senior executives were impressed by their first-hand experience of the University’s newly completed South Western Sydney Campus when they visited recently.
In addition to conducting their regular meeting, members of UOW's Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group (VCAG) inspected the new facility, received a presentation from Liverpool City Council CEO, Kiersten Fishburn, and Economic Development Director, Julie Scott, before enjoying lunch with Liverpool City councillors and senior executive staff.
The tour, led by Manager Student Services Liverpool, Jason Aqulina, showcased the technology and flexibility of the campus’ seminar rooms, study areas, IT Lab and offices as well as the vibrant design and functionality of its indoor student learning and dining spaces and its rooftop outdoor recreation area.
The tour also included a briefing on the facilities available to students in the Liverpool City Library and Liverpool City Council Chambers, located in an adjacent building just a short walk away.
Together, the UOW campus and Liverpool City Council facilities provide a capacity for up to 900 students, depending on courses and scheduling arrangements.
This provides a solid base to grow towards UOW’s target of 7000 students at its South Western Sydney Campus by 2030, which will eventually relocate to a new purpose-built facility.
UOW Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings CBE, said he and his executive colleagues were not only pleased to see the finished campus, but with impressed by the close ties forged with Liverpool City Council throughout the project.
“To have come from initial concept to public announcement and now completion of this temporary campus in just one year is testament to the collaboration and hard work by all UOW and Liverpool City Council staff involved.
“We have built a strong partnership with Liverpool City Council and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the council into the future.
“We are very proud to be the first university to establish a fully-fledged campus in Liverpool and to be part of the growth and economic transformation of South Western Sydney,” Professor Wellings said.
Liverpool City Council CEO, Kiersten Fishburn, echoed the Vice-Chancellor’s sentiments, describing the relationship between UOW and Liverpool City Council as an excellent example of two institutions successfully working together towards shared aims and ambitions.
“For council, we have long desired to expand the education opportunities available for our community and through that to deliver economic benefits into the south west region.
“Having UOW located in our CBD, in fact in the same building as council, helps us deliver on our vision for Liverpool and I believe helps UOW through providing access and presence in the community.
“For a relationship that is less than two years old, staff from both institutions have worked incredibly hard and quickly to realise a Liverpool campus.
“It’s absolutely thrilling to see students entering the building and to know that this is only the start of our collaboration.
“And I have to say, I’m slightly envious of the quality of the campus. It looks great and will definitely inspire us as we move towards delivery of civic place,” Ms Fishburn said.
For the 2017 academic year, UOW’s South Western Sydney campus is offering Bachelors of Arts, Business, Business Information Systems, Computer Science and Information Technology, with time still remaining for students to amend their Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) preferences to study at the new campus.
In 2018, UOW plans to also offer Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws double degrees. In 2019, UOW will open its Western Sydney Nursing Education and Research Centre (WeSNER) to help train the nurses needed to serve the Liverpool area’s growing population.
For more information about UOW’ South Western Sydney Campus, visit http://www.uow.edu.au/swsydney
(Clockwise from top left): Campus foyer; student kitchen facilities; UOW Executives tour the campus; Study area; Liverpool Council CEO Kiersten Fishburn.)
(Clockwise from top left): The campus' fresh contemporary colour scheme; Student break-out spaces; Lift foyer; UOW executives tour the campus; Flexible teaching spaces; UOW Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paul Wellings CBE greets Liverpool Councillors and senior staff.