Edith Cowan University plans new A$695m Perth campus

Edith Cowan University plans new A$695m Perth campus

Australia’s Edith Cowan University has announced plans to develop a new A$695 million campus in Perth.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) has announced that it will be developing a new Perth campus that it says will be the city’s first ever ‘comprehensive’ city campus.

The A$695 million campus will provide teaching in the creative industries as well as business and technology, all from the city centre of Perth in Western Australia.

The new ECU Perth campus will be jointly funded by ECU, which will contribute $300 million to the project, and the Federal Government of Australia, which will be contributing $245 million in funding, as a part of its Perth City Deal.

The Western Australia state government will also be supporting the project in-kind, through the provision of the required land.

The Edith Cowan Perth campus will host over 10,000 students by 2030

The university said it plans to host over 8,000 students and 1,200 staff at the new Perth campus by 2025, a figure which is expected to grow to over 10,000 students and 1,500 staff by 2030.

This transformational deal is designed to support the economic recovery of Western Australia, and the jointly funded campus will provide the centrepiece of the new Perth City Deal.

The intention behind this deal is, since the university will bring an excess of 9,000 new students and staff to the city centre, to bring a new wave of energy, more jobs and a much-needed economic boost to the city.

Project predicted to bring a A$1.5 billion economic boost to Perth

The university and stakeholders predict this project could bring about a boost to Perth’s local economy worth A$1.5 billion. It is also estimated that the new campus will create over 3,100 jobs for its construction alone.

Following the confirmation of the deal Professor Steve Chapman, Vice Chancellor of ECU, expressed his pleasure at the fact that the Federal and State governments saw the opportunity that a new city university would provide for the reinvigoration of Perth. 

“We are thrilled that our vision for WA’s first comprehensive city campus will be a reality.

“This is the future of university education – urban, connected, integrated with business and community – part of a thriving city.

“ECU’s new campus will change the face of our city and shape the future of our university and we are grateful to both the Federal and WA Governments for supporting our vision. “This campus will deliver the innovative educational experience that is critical to the development of world-ready graduates and a digital-ready economy.”

Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

Josephine is an experienced journalist who previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Falmouth Anchor. She is also the former Deputy Editor of Voices, the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union’s publication, and has written for various food and lifestyle publications.

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