The University of Western Sydney plans to strengthen its presence in Parramatta.
The university’s board of trustees gave in-principle agreement today to develop a new flagship multi-storey campus at one of several possible sites in the Parramatta CBD.
The location will be confirmed in June and the new campus made ready for teaching in 2017.
The campus plans blend technology and collaborative learning spaces for face-to-face teaching.
Vice chancellor Barney Glover said it would help the university to increase its international student population and expand its course offerings at Parramatta.
‘‘With our existing Parramatta campus almost at capacity, we plan to significantly expand our presence in the CBD where we can be co-located with business and industry,’’ Professor Glover said.
The proposed campus is part of UWS’ regional development strategy, which includes a Werrington Park Corporate Centre and the expansion of the university’s pathways program, UWSCollege.
Professor Glover said the campus would also become an important base for students enrolled in new online courses developed in partnership with The Open University UK.