PLANS for a Curtin University Midland Campus are underway, with the facility set to open by 2020.
The campus, which is set to begin construction this year, will provide tertiary education opportunities for people in the eastern suburbs.
The campus will be built at the Midland Railway Workshops and will include general learning and teaching spaces – as well as being a clinical base for Curtin Medical School students during their fourth and fifth year study and providing training opportunities for nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy students.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said a number of other courses would be selected for the campus, depending on the demand from students.
“The campus will also serve as a hub for the delivery of pathway programs and other degree courses, based on the demand within the community, such as business and teaching, through the use of high-quality interactive and innovative technology,” she said.
“The campus is a perfect location for our medical and allied health and nursing students, being adjacent to the Midland Public Hospital, key ancillary health services and the site for the future private hospital.”
City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the Midland Railway Workshops precinct was the perfect place for the campus to open.
He said the university was one of the City’s biggest advocacy projects.
“There is enough space, public transport infrastructure and population in Midland to support a larger cohort of students and wider range of courses,” he said.
“People in Perth’s eastern suburbs are historically underrepresented in tertiary education. While people in Perth’s western, southern and northern regions enjoy proximity to university the eastern suburbs remain distant from tertiary education campuses, which is why the City believes there is a need for a university in Midland.
“The City recognises there is also a growing demand for online tertiary education, courses and programs.
“The new Curtin Midland Campus will provide new opportunities for students who wish to conduct online studies; a great local option for prospective students in the City of Swan and surrounding metropolitan and rural regions.”
Mr Foley said the large university campus would be the key to future growth in Midland and supporting business in the Midland Railway Square area.
“A university in Midland could support up to 10,000 people, who would undoubtedly contribute to stimulating activation, engagement and economic growth in the area in the long term,” he said.
“A university in Midland’s CBD will help attract new investment to Midland and inject vibrancy and life into the area”