University unveils vision for Westmead

15 Sep 2015

The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence visited Westmead last week to present the University’s vision for its future in western Sydney.

Research excellence, new educational offerings and collaboration were the key themes, with an emphasis on the ongoing changes and redevelopment of the Westmead precinct.

The Vice-Chancellor acknowledged Westmead as a key focus for the new University vision.

Crowd at lecture theatre

Plans for the first phase include new learning spaces, video conferencing upgrades, an innovation hub, and information technology upgrades.

The University seeks to increase its Westmead student numbers from 1,500 to 6,000 over the next twenty years.

“In Westmead we have a remarkable opportunity as a university,” Dr Spence said.

“We're thinking about what it will mean for the University as a whole and the health system to work genuinely together,” Dr Spence said.

WSLHD chief executive Danny O’Connor said it’s always a pleasure to have the Vice Chancellor at Westmead.

“There is a long history of partnership between the University of Sydney and both hospitals in the Westmead health precinct.

“Very significant redevelopment plans are underway and Sydney University is a significant partner in this.

“The enormous investment in the Westmead health precinct occurs at a time of tremendous growth and development in western Sydney.

“The future is bright in the west.”