The University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University – collectively the NUW Alliance – recently launched its Multiversity program of specialist technology courses, designed and delivered with TAFE NSW and industry, to drive job creation and upskilling at Bradfield. The Alliance welcomed the NSW Government’s generational investment in critical supporting infrastructure at the outer Western Sydney new city centre.
As part of the NSW Budget package, $138.2 million has been designated for Bradfield’s first building, which includes $24.9 million for a ‘high tech facility’ with an additional $22.9 million earmarked to fit-out the facility with state-of-the-art research equipment.
Commenting on the funding announcement, NUW Alliance, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Marks said, “This at-scale commitment from the state government backs in the Multiversity and provides the platform to do something truly transformative in skills and research for the benefit of NSW residents and businesses.”
The NUW Alliance universities and their University of Technology Sydney (UTS) peers, are currently developing an industry-aligned research vision to support the NSW Government’s plans for its coming high tech facility at Bradfield.
Dr Marks added, “This investment comes at a vitally important time for business – large and small, local and international – seeking to leverage the research and development opportunities the new airport and city centre will bring.”
“The combined research expertise of five universities, working collaboratively on focussed job-creating technologies will be of a magnitude and impact unlike anything previously seen in Australia”, Dr Marks said. “We commend the State Government for taking the critical first step in making that a reality”, Dr Marks concluded.
About the NUW Alliance
The NUW Alliance comprises four leading Australian research-intensive universities – the University of Newcastle, UNSW, the University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University.
The NUW Alliance spans a geographic area home to more than 75% of NSW’s population and 25% of Australia’s. The size and scale of our Alliance has not been seen before in Australia – 194,000 students plus 14,500 staff, working across 37 locations including 15 innovation hubs and driving $850 million in research funding.
The mission of the NUW Alliance is to seek out the big collaborations that make a difference, collaborations that unlock new value, impact and benefit for our communities across NSW.
About the Multiversity
Backed by both the NSW Government and the Australian Government, the Aerotropolis Multiversity will deliver a new approach to education and training, connecting the future of learning to the jobs of the future. In an Australia-first collaboration, the University of Newcastle, UNSW Sydney, the University of Wollongong, Western Sydney University and TAFE NSW have joined forces to establish the Multiversity – a new education, training and research approach ready for the 22nd century, centred on the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and Western Parkland City.
In December 2020, the Multiversity was successful in gaining $17.09 million in Commonwealth funding through National Priority Places, Innovation Places, and short course places.