Curtin campus on track
PLANS for Curtin University Midland Campus have started, with the facility set to open by 2020.
The campus, which is set to begin construction this year, will provide tertiary education opportunities for people in the eastern suburbs.
It will be built at the Midland Railway Workshops and will include general learning and teaching spaces, as well as be a clinical base for Curtin Medical School students during their fourth and fifth-year study.
It will also provide training for nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy students.
Curtin University vicechancellor Professor Deborah Terry said other courses would be selected for the campus, depending on the demand from students.
She said the campus would also serve as a hub for the delivery of pathway programs and other degree courses, based on the demand within the community.
Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the Midland Railway Workshops precinct was the perfect place for the campus to open. The university was one
of the City’s biggest advocacy projects.
“There is enough space, public transport infrastructure and population in Midland to support a larger cohort of students and wider range of courses,” he said.
“People in Perth’s eastern suburbs are historically under-represented in tertiary education.
“While people in Perth’s western, southern and northern regions enjoy proximity to university, the eastern suburbs remain distant from tertiary education campuses, which is why the City believes there is a need for a university in Midland.
“The City recognises there is also a growing demand for online tertiary education, courses and programs.
“The new Curtin Midland campus will provide new opportunities for students who wish to conduct online studies; a great local option for prospective students in the City of Swan and surrounding metropolitan and rural regions.”
Mr Foley said a large university campus would be the key to future growth in Midland and supporting local business in the Midland Railway Square area.
“A university in Midland could support up to 10,000 people, who would undoubtedly contribute to stimulating activation, engagement and economic growth in the area in the long term,” he said.
An artist’s impression of the new Midland campus.