The state government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia, has unveiled plans for the construction of a new education campus in Westmead, called the ‘Westmead Education Campus’.
The campus will be co-located within the Westmead Health and Innovation District.
It will feature a new 1000-student primary school with a pre-school facility, as well as a 2000 student selective high school.
For this project, funds will be provided via NSW Government’s A$5bn ($3.3bn) WestInvest Program, which was created to support ‘transformative’ infrastructure projects across 15 Western Sydney Local Government Areas.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said: “This will change the game in how our children get an education, allowing them to learn alongside our world-leading doctors, nurses and medical researchers.
“We need to continue to look at innovative ways to better prepare our students for the jobs of the future whether that be in STEM, healthcare or medical science. That is exactly what this new way of learning will look to achieve.
“Students will be able to leverage off the world-class health and research facilities that are already located within the Westmead Health and Innovation District.”
The new campus will support alliances with hospitals, medical research institutes and university campuses in order to deliver an integrated learning experience to students.
The NSW government has committed A$8.6bn ($5.7bn) over the coming four years, and will continue its initiative to provide 160 new and renovated schools.
NSW Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said: “Building a selective high school in the heart of the health and innovation district is an Australian first and will provide unparalleled opportunity for students.
“The NSW Government are delivering an historic school building programme, investing A$17.7bn so that thousands of students across the state benefit from hundreds of new and upgraded schools.
“Working in partnership with local hospitals, universities and medical research institutes we have the opportunity to deliver a world-class teaching and learning facility as part of the Westmead Health and Innovation District.”
The new campus will enable partnerships with hospitals, medical research institutes and university campuses. Credit: M. Monk on Unsplash.