ECU to spend $9m on facility upgrades
Wednesday, 05 November 2008
Edith Cowan University (ECU) has received more than $9 million from the Federal Government to upgrade and extend the facilities available to students. Most of the funding, received through the Better Universities Renewal Funding initiative announced in the 2008-09 Federal Budget, will be used for the renewal of facilities at the Mount Lawley campus.
ECU will significantly extend the services provided to students at the Mount Lawley campus through the construction of a crèche facility, as well as undertaking significant site works for the development of new student accommodation. The planned accommodation facility, to be developed in partnership with the private sector, will address a shortage of suitable accommodation for students in the area by making a minimum of 300 beds available.
Renewal works will be also undertaken to improve teaching spaces for the Faculty of Education and Arts with visual arts design studios, media and broadcasting facilities and student study areas. Students in the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science at the Joondalup Campus will benefit from additional laboratories.
ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said ECU was pleased to have received the once-off injection of funds from the Federal Government. "This additional funding allows ECU to continue to develop state-of-the-art, quality facilities to help our students gain the most out of their experience with us, and, ultimately, reach their potential" he said.
The Better Universities Renewal Funding initiative has provided funding to universities across Australia to enhance and renew crucial facilities to support teaching, research and student amenities.
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