CDU’S BOLD CITY PLAN

Univer­sity wants 5000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in its city cam­pus by 2025

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS

A CHARLES Dar­win Univer­sity se­nior of­fi­cial has re­vealed the univer­sity’s bold plans to at­tract 5000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to its new city cam­pus by 2025.

The plans would trans­form Dar­win’s CBD and breathe new life into a stag­nat­ing prop­erty mar­ket.

Deputy vice-chan­cel­lor An­drew Everett said the univer­sity was mov­ing for­ward with plans for the $430 mil­lion cam­pus, with first work on the pro­ject po­ten­tially be­gin­ning be­fore Christ­mas.

The plans co­in­cide with a change to visas for stu­dents study­ing in re­gional Aus­tralia.

Ac­cord­ing to the fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment, in­ter­na­tional stu­dents who study, live and work in re­gional ar­eas would be el­i­gi­ble for a tem­po­rary grad­u­ate visa with an ex­tra year of post-study work rights.

This is avail­able to the first el­i­gi­ble co­hort of grad­u­ates from 2021.

Mr Everett said thou­sands of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents at the city cam­pus would “trans­form” Dar­win.

“Hav­ing a few thou­sand peo­ple at the CBD, it’s go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent Dar­win,” he said.

“It’s not go­ing to be back­packer-type peo­ple that are here for maybe a cou­ple of weeks or a few weeks, these peo­ple will be here for up to three or four years.”

Mr Everett said the new cam­pus would have a flow-on ef­fect for CBD busi­nesses.

“Po­ten­tially it’s at least adding prob­a­bly 50 per cent of growth to the stu­dent body in terms of peo­ple in classes, in the li­braries, get­ting hair­cuts, get­ting taxis, buy­ing gro­ceries,” he said.

“Whether it be at the univer­sity or in Dar­win, ev­ery­one’s go­ing to ben­e­fit.”

About 1000 beds were planned on cam­pus but Mr Everett said there was talk of re­leas­ing more in stages.

He said the ac­com­mo­da­tion would be dif­fer­ent to what is avail­able now.

Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of the NT chief ex­ec­u­tive Quentin Kil­ian said the city’s res­i­den­tial prop­erty mar­ket would ben­e­fit in mul­ti­ple ways.

“It does of­fer the op­por­tu­nity for de­vel­op­ers to start look­ing at de­vel­op­ing spe­cific stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion,” he said.

“That might be con­vert­ing an old com­mer­cial build­ing for in­stance.

“When the city be­comes more en­livened, it then starts to at­tract younger peo­ple back to the city who are work­ing in the city, look­ing for jobs.

“That’s the sort of clien­tele that’s likely to start pick­ing up those pri­vate rentals in town so one feeds the other.”

“It’s go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent Dar­win” AN­DREW EVERETT, CDU DEPUTY VICE- CHAN­CEL­LOR

Pic­ture: SUPPLIED

An artist’s im­pres­sion of a re­vamped Dar­win CBD with the new Charles Dar­win Univer­sity cam­pus

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