University of Newcastle: New University campus for Gosford

The NSW Government has today announced that the University of Newcastle will be its university partner to deliver a new university campus in Mann Street, Gosford.

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The University of Newcastle’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky joined Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Skills and Training Hon. Alister Henskens MP, Parliamentary Secretary Adam Crouch MP and Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP in Gosford this morning to welcome the news.

“We are delighted to be selected to partner with the NSW Government to realise our shared vision for the creation of a new University of Newcastle campus in the heart of Gosford,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“We know young people on the Central Coast want more opportunities to study at university without leaving the region, and we know that businesses need qualified staff to help them thrive. Our new campus in the heart of Gosford will meet both of those needs.

“Today’s announcement is part of a three-way collaboration between the University of Newcastle, the Federal Government and the NSW Government. In 2019, the Federal Government injected $18million into the project – which the University has committed to at least matching. Design work will now commence.

“We expect to see more than 1000 students studying at the Gosford campus once complete, with this figure growing to around 3000 students located in Gosford over the next decade.

“We’ll offer courses to support the development of a health, innovation and education campus and will work with business and industry in the area to identify skill needs and gaps, and to provide work integrated learning opportunities for students.

“We are proud to have been on the Central Coast for more than 30 years at our Ourimbah Campus, educating more than 40,000 students during that time. Today marks the next stage of our partnership with the people of the Central Coast – a new campus that demonstrates a commitment to our young people and assurance that they will be able to complete their university study without leaving the region.

Professor Zelinsky thanked the NSW and Federal Governments for their ongoing support of education and the people of the Central Coast region.

“In partnership, we see an incredible opportunity for people on the Central Coast that will activate the Central Coast Education and Employment Precinct and further revitalise the Gosford CBD.

“Our vision for this campus is underpinned by our University’s values and we are excited by the opportunities it will create to increase educational participation rates, generate new jobs, support emerging industries, develop the health services workforce, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

We look forward to working with business – the Chamber of Commerce and Business NSW – our partners the Local Health District, with TAFE NSW, and with the NSW and Federal Government to open this new chapter for the Coast.”

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