A major education and applied innovation precinct development
The Innovation in Technology, Science and Health (ITSH) Program will support post-COVID recovery of international student markets and support the strengthening of the national workforce in these key disciplines as well as increase opportunities for research recruitment and industry engagement.
- Cybersecurity, internet of things (IoT) and data sciences labs, virtual reality technology; and maker, capstone and launch pad spaces that support co-innovation with industry partners.
- Environmental, multi‐disciplinary science and PC‐2 teaching labs.
- Concrete lab and synthetic chemistry lab expansion.
- Health E‐technologies Assessment (HEAL), Medical Robotics and Living Labs.
- State-of-the-art Nursing and Midwifery Simulation Centre to address the projected nursing workforce shortage.
Strengthening the national workforce
By 2026, the facilities in this project are expected to support a 25 per cent growth in students (an additional 900 students) in the Schools of Life and Environmental Sciences, Information Technology and Nursing.
The new facilities are also expected to increase the number of higher degree research (HDR) students, allowing the University to continue to expand its research with industry partners and seek other external research grants.
- Alleviate projected shortage of Nursing staff.
- Improved ability to attract international students in information technology and life and environmental science disciplines.
- Enhance the job readiness of IT graduates and skills in new digital technologies like virtual reality, artificial intelligence and IoT.
- Provide additional capacity to expand research output and collaborate with industry partners.
Completion of the ITSH Program
Construction is due to begin in October 2021 with Phase One (VR laboratory, cybersecurity teaching laboratory, capstone space, synthetic chemistry laboratory, concrete preparation laboratory and nursing simulation facilities) due for completion in mid-May 2022.
The remainder of works are scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.