UTS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ross Milbourne, today welcomed an agreement in-principle with the NSW Government that will see the university consolidate its teaching, learning and research activities at its world-class city campus in the heart of Sydney from 2016.
The agreement in-principle allows the State to acquire the university's Kuring-gai Campus at Lindfield to provide much needed new school facilities. In exchange, UTS will acquire TAFE building "U" on Harris Street, Ultimo, where the university is building a world-class educational precinct.
"The $1 billion investment by the university in its city campus will contribute some $3.2 billion to the NSW economy," Professor Milbourne said.
"This land exchange agreement with the State Government allows us to further unite and consolidate our campus in the Ultimo area."
UTS has been teaching the State’s nurses, teachers and business leaders at Lindfield for more than 20 years.
"While Kuring-gai is a much loved campus, unfortunately the lack of public transport makes it difficult to operate as a university and we have experienced a decline in enrolments as a result.
"In order to protect enrolments, particularly in vital professions such as nursing and teacher education, we have been working to transfer these courses by the end of 2015 to the city where we have unmet demand," he added.
In the meantime, the university is committed to providing a vibrant campus experience at Ku-ring-gai and will continue teaching its current courses at Kuring-gai until it vacates the campus at the end of the 2015 academic year.
This agreement is a win for both higher education and school education in NSW—the State Government gains a site it can use for a new school, and UTS gains an additional building connected to the site of the new Frank Gehry designed Business School on Harris Street, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.
"This allows UTS to build on our creative intelligence, business innovation and technology-focussed courses and research right in the heart of Australia’s leading creative and digital precinct," Professor Milbourne said.