Curtin cam­pus on track

Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

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.

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