Media Release | 14 April 2022
State-of-the-art technology in hospital-style labs, a simulated hotel lobby and VR teaching devices are just some of what students will experience at Torrens University’s new Sydney campus which officially opened last night.
The campus, in a refurbished heritage listed site, includes special design elements incorporating Indigenous concepts – a collaboration between design students and local communities.
Located in bustling Surry Hills close to the Sydney CBD, the campus was officially opened last night by The Hon. Alister Henskens, New South Wales Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology and Minister for Skills and Training.
The $20 million investment by Torrens University has resulted in new future focussed teaching facilities, with multiple spaces for work and meetings, reflecting and promoting the strong connections Torrens University has built with industry.
Declaring the campus open, Minister Henskens pointed to the importance of connections with industry.
“Collaboration between government, industry and universities is incredibly important to drive innovation, job growth and new businesses. I congratulate Torrens University for its close partnership with industry,” Mr Henskens said.
“Students at this university can study here knowing that they will have the skills they need for the jobs that they want when they graduate.”
The much-anticipated campus opening marks another milestone for Australia’s fastest growing university.
President and CEO of Torrens University Linda Brown described it as just one part of a bigger story.
“What is special and important is this new state of the art facility is a stone’s throw to the New South Wales government’s Tech Central,” she said.
“We’re also just a short walk away from our other state of the art Sydney home Billy Blue’s Torrens University Design Campus in Ultimo. In Sydney, we also have our business incubator at the Rocks.
“So our story is indeed significant and growing. This campus truly stands for what Torrens University has always pledged to do – to set our students and graduates up for the future, to connect them with industry and to ensure they also have an ethos of connecting the world for good”
The campus opening was one of a number of momentous events for Torrens University this week. It included the investiture of new Chancellor Jim Varghese AM.
Mr Varghese says just as important as industry connections at the Surry Hills campus will be connections made with students all over the world.
“We are very focussed on providing education without borders at Torrens,” he said.
“This campus is all about hybrid learning. What I am most looking forward to is students from Surry Hills campus linking up with students in Columbia, India, Nepal and China, collaborating and preparing to be global changemakers.”
Torrens University is part of Strategic Education Inc., which is based in the United States.
The Executive Chairman of Strategic Education, Mr Rob Silberman was in Sydney for the opening of the campus.
He said technology, science and skills were what Torrens University is all about and this is why continuing to invest in Australian education was important.
“It’s our commitment to continue to fund and support in a way that generates more students and alumni who we can be proud of,” Mr Silberman said.
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