A multi campus university for Gosford came a step closer to becoming a reality on April 3, with an injection of $18m in Federal funding for stage one of the project.
The funding will help see the beginning of a new world class health and medical innovation and education campus on the Coast, as the first stage of Newcastle University’s $250m vision to create a full campus in the Gosford CBD.
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the precinct would support health related start-ups, drawing on the University’s strong record in delivering world leading entrepreneurial courses.
“Health services are the largest and fastest growing area of the workforce on the Central Coast,” Hunt said.
“The Government’s investment will help create opportunity in business, jobs and innovations.”
University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Alex Zelinsky, said the university would work with local, state and federal partners to create a world-class university presence on the Coast.
“This is an important day for the people of the Central Coast and shows strong support for a vibrant and growing city,” Zelinsky said.
“This vision can’t be achieved without strong support from the Federal and State Governments.
“The university looks forward to working with all our partners to realise our shared vision for a university for the Central Coast.
“A new Gosford CBD campus will complement our 30-year presence at our wonderful Ourimbah campus.”
Zelinsky said the new Gosford CBD Campus would enhance the value of the Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute now under construction and due for completion in 2020.
“More than 4,300 additional workers will be needed in new healthcare and social assistance jobs on the Central Coast by 2023, so this funding sets us on the right path to train the local workforce to meet that need,” he said.
Zelinsky said the $18m in capital would establish an Innovation Hub with a strong focus on health and medical technology, making the most of the proximity to the new research institute and a partnership with the Central Coast Local Health District.
“We’ll also be establishing a range of spaces offering advanced augmented and virtual reality training programs for students, as well as for researchers and other partners,” he said.
The campus will offer undergraduate programs including degrees such as Bachelor of Community Health, Bachelor of Digital Communication and Bachelor of Health Informatics.
The university will also offer diploma-level programs in Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Information Technology and Science, partnering with TAFE.
Postgraduate programs which will be unique to the Gosford campus will include Master of Medical Imaging, Master of Professional Prescribing, and Master of Project Management.
Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said the Gosford CBD campus was a partnership between the Australian Government, the University of Newcastle and the NSW Government.
“This partnership has already invested $85m in the Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute,” she said.
Media release, Apr 3
Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks
Media release, Apr 3
University of Newcastle