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The City of Canterbury Bankstown and Western Sydney University (WSU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which is likely to lead to the establishment of a new tertiary education campus being established in the CBD of Bankstown.
Council Administrator, Richard Colley, said the MoU is an important step forward.
“Discussions have been underway with the WSU for some time to get to this point, now it’s full systems go to find an appropriate site,” Mr Colley said.
“Such a project will not only deliver an important teaching and research institution but the flow-on effects for the City of Canterbury Bankstown would be immense.
“The establishment of a world class WSU City campus would build on the strong education sector that already exists in Bankstown, and the strong growth already occurring in the city’s CBD.
“Increasing participation rates in higher education is also key to the future employment and prosperity of our community.
“And, having a highly accessible campus, located close to public transport, would help make that happen, because it places tertiary education within easy reach of a wider socio-economic group.
“Notwithstanding, a world class research institution will benefit local industries transferring and sharing innovation and knowledge. It’s a very exciting prospect.”
Mr Colley said universities bring the potential for other commercial opportunities for local businesses, particularly in the accommodation, retail, construction and recreation sectors.
“A Bankstown CBD campus would attract students, teachers and researchers interstate and internationally,” Mr Colley said.
“We are looking forward to the development of a strong partnership with WSU, and other community partners and businesses, enabling the creation of a strong knowledge precinct.
“A university presence will continue to support the growth of the CBD as a healthy, vibrant and growing centre, and will bring further life and energy to the City.”
27/03/2018 9:12 AM