Deakin welcomes Victorian Government support for Universities

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19 May 2020

Statement from Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin:

"Deakin warmly welcomes the Victorian Government's continued support for Universities. The $350 million Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund is an investment, not only in our Universities, but in the future of the State as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This investment will ensure that education, research and innovation continue to be at the heart of Victoria's success. Investing in infrastructure and research not only helps universities, but has wider benefits in terms of supporting economic growth through the development of new industries and areas of employment.

"As we enter the recovery phase of COVID-19, the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of our communities has never been more important. Today's announcement will support innovative research that will see the Victorian economy grow and diversify beyond the pandemic.

"At Deakin, we look forward to developing a compact with the Victorian Government to support crucial projects across our University that are in alignment with the State's economic development priorities.

"From harnessing the potential of hydrogen in Warrnambool to a global centre of excellence in Geelong for advanced fibres and composites innovation, new materials, and exploring the opportunities of the circular economy, the Victorian Government's investment fund will shape the future of the State for decades to come."

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