New UWS campus to attract 20,000

THE University of Western Sydney will open a new campus in the Parramatta CBD next year.

Law, engineering and science and all of the university's post-graduate business programs will be taught at the new UWS Parramatta City Campus.

Located in a building at 100 George Street, the new four-level campus will have teaching levels, study areas, technology-enhanced learning spaces and staff offices.

The university's expansion follows the launch of the University of New England's Future Campus in Church Street earlier this year.

About 14,000 students currently attend the UWS Parramatta Campus in Rydalmere, which was opened in 1998.

Deputy vice-chancellor Kerry-Lee Krause said she expected Parramatta student numbers to grow to more than 20,000 in the next few years and the new campus was an important extension for the university.

"The Parramatta City Campus is part of the university's long-term strategy to provide more flexible opportunities to study at UWS, as well as offering more business and community-based learning for students, enhancing our already strong relationships with the communities of Parramatta and greater western Sydney," Professor Krause said.

Professor Krause said the city location was a "natural fit" for the university.

"The campus will be a great opportunity for on-the-go business professionals who may be expanding their qualifications through a postgraduate degree," she said. "Being based at the Parramatta City Campus will bring benefits of being co-located with leading businesses, along with close proximity to public transport links and other amenities to fit in with their busy lives."

Michael Singh, who will study an MBA at the new campus next year, said it was convenient the campus was located close to shops and public transport. "It's attractive in the sense that it is close to all the amenities," Mr Singh said.

The announcement coincides with the signing of a strategic partnership between UWS and Parramatta Council on Thursday.

The Knowledge City partnership will bring UWS and council together to work on projects including increasing links between business and academia, joint research and information sharing, graduate and internship programs.

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the alliance would help Parramatta evolve from an industrial and manufacturing hub to a key driver of the state's knowledge economy.

"Parramatta is fortunate to be home to members of the dream demographic — 25- to 34-year-olds who are tertiary-educated professionals, highly aspirant, multicultural and highly sought after by business."

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