Westmead Health and Innovation District: leader in learning

A WORLD-class multi-disciplinary university campus will be delivered within the Westmead Health and Innovation District with the signing of a framework agreement between the NSW Government and the University of Sydney. 

The new University campus will build on the district’s role as one of the largest health, education, research and training precincts in Australia.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the agreement was an important step for the long-term future of the district.

“A globally-recognised University campus at the core of the Westmead Health and Innovation District will drive innovation and catalyse future growth, ensuring we become a world leader in lifelong education and research partnerships that save lives and cure diseases,” Mr Ayres said.

He said the NSW Government’s vision for the district was expected to create more than 20,000 new jobs and contribute an additional $2.8 billion of economic output per year to the NSW economy.

“This will help transform the district into a powerhouse of invention, creativity, and commercialisation, and home to world-leading enterprises, start-ups, researchers and students.” 

Mr Ayres paid tribute to the vision of the outgoing vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence AC, to expand the University’s presence in western Sydney over coming decades.

Dr Spence, who will become president and provost of University College London in January 2021 (see story P16), said he was delighted with the vision for a mixed-use University campus at Parramatta/Westmead.

“This once-in-a-century opportunity in western Sydney would build on our 40-year history at Westmead and create a genuinely multi-disciplinary major campus that enables new partnership and innovation opportunities for all of Sydney,” Dr Spence said. 

“We are committed to offering students in western Sydney more opportunity to study and pursue research with our incredible academics to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.”

The agreement confirms a site for the new campus in Parramatta North, adjacent Westmead’s hospitals, and a process for ongoing engagement once land for the proposed campus becomes available for development.

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