Western Sydney’s reputation as a centre for research, education and innovation, continues to grow, with today’s announcement that the University of Sydney will enter into formal negotiations with the NSW Government to establish a new campus in Parramatta/Westmead.
Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM, who also sits on the board of Western Sydney University (WSU), congratulated the team at University of Sydney for its ambition, and investment in the future of the region.
“Thanks to the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education, Rob Stokes for their support of this key project, but I’d like to pay particular credit to Sydney University Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence and his executive team who persevered with this unsolicited bid through a very bureaucratic assessment and governance process,” Mr Brown said
“Western Sydney has been identified by the nation’s leading tertiary and skills providers as a massive market, and today’s announcement, is further proof of the confidence that is helping drive the region’s growth as a smart city.
“Western Sydney that will be providing Australia’s next generation of engineers, scientists and innovators, and with centres such as the Westmead Health and Education Precinct, Sydney Science Park and the new ‘multiversity’ that was recently announced at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, the building blocks for future success are starting to emerge.
“This University of Sydney decision complements WSU’s CBD Campus Strategy, which includes the new CBD campus, the Peter Shergold Building in Parramatta, and further developments in Liverpool, Campbelltown, Sydney Olympic Park and Bankstown.”
The first phase of the Sydney University project will see $500m invested in a new Parramatta/Westmead Campus, which will have a focus on advanced manufacturing, data and artificial intelligence. By 2050, the University’s vision is to host 25,000 students, generating 20,000 jobs and adding $13 billion to the NSW economy.
The proposal, which will now be the subject of detailed negotiations with the government, has the support of WSU, the University of NSW, CSIRO, the Westmead Alliance and Parramatta City Council.
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