A global education, research and innovation hub one step closer for Canberra CBD

  • A global education, research and innovation hub one step closer for Canberra CBD

UNSW Council has today approved the strategic investment in Canberra to build a new research, education and innovation precinct in Canberra’s CBD. UNSW Canberra will continue to work with the ACT Government to finalise the campus proposal.

Late last year UNSW Canberra and the ACT Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding to investigate the development of a business case for the proposed campus. This next step includes submitting a formal proposal for consideration by the ACT Government. 

Located along Constitution Avenue, the proposed UNSW Canberra City Campus would deliver both short-term and long-term economic benefits to the ACT community through the creation of employment and the attraction of world class talent and industry.

UNSW Canberra Rector Professor Michael Frater says the location and focus of the new campus would further position the city as a global education destination.

“The new campus would be a significant expansion of the University’s Canberra-based activities and provide research, teaching, student accommodation and collaborative industry opportunities,” Professor Frater says. 

“It would complement the existing Canberra innovation ecosystem by providing a strong link in the research and innovation growth corridor that stretches from the University of Canberra through to the CSIRO, ANU, Canberra CBD, the Russell Defence precinct, and the Canberra International Airport.” 

Professor Frater says the design vision for the UNSW Canberra City Campus is one of design excellence and global appeal and it will include extensive consultation with stakeholders in government and the community.

“This is an exciting opportunity with UNSW Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) currently exploring collaboration opportunities,” Professor Frater says. 

“We are committed to engaging and consulting neighbouring residential and commercial entities on the proposed design and construction plans to ensure that any concerns regarding traffic flow, parking, residential accommodation and services are addressed,” he says.

The campus would forge a link with the Canberra CBD through pedestrian bridges and shared spaces. It would act as a catalyst for human connections, idea sharing and the vibrant university community of the future.

“UNSW Canberra has a 50-year relationship with Canberra and the surrounding region. Our global networks, our partnerships with government, our collaboration with other institutions, and our engagement with the broader community supports the ACT Government’s Australia’s Education Capital strategy to promote Canberra as an education destination of choice,” Professor Frater says.

Snapshot of key features of the UNSW Canberra City Campus:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate programs that attract new students to Canberra
  • State-of-the-art purpose-built facilities using educational and innovative digital technologies
  • Shared experiences with CIT students, through possible collaborations such as joint clubs, societies and activities, common teaching and social spaces
  • A range of student accommodation options for a significant number of students on site.