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Special Report: Universities past | present | future – Part 1

Universities are amazing places

Part 1 of our first special report on our new microsite portal has gone off like a rocket! Huge thanks to lead sponsors Charter Hall and supporting sponsors Curtin University and Monash University.

Click here to access our new microsite portal and read all of Part 1 

As soon as we announced this feature we had a huge response: at least 45 organisations –  universities, developers and, of course, designers – offering their insights, participation and, some, their sponsorship. In fact, we ended up with nearly 30 articles so we split the content into two parts in order to give the great stories we found the oxygen they deserve.

As we delved into the content we quickly understood what all the excitement was about. If you want to see the very best built environments that Australia can produce, you’ll find them in and around campus. Universities are daring and they’re ambitious.

Today’s students are global and well informed. They expect the very best in facilities and sustainability and they’re time poor – probably working part time or full time. This means they want great locations that offer convenience and connections with the corporate world and of course highly effective teaching.

University leaders are responding by delivering showcase facilities.

Some, like Western Sydney University, are teaming up with developers to become part real estate equity investor, part tenant. Others are divesting not just from coal but from property assets and ploughing resources into better teaching facilities instead.

In today’s global educational marketplace a university’s campus is its calling card.

Huge thanks to all who helped pull this massive special report together. And especially to lead sponsor Charter Hall and to Monash University and Curtin University for joining as supporting sponsors. You made this possible.

See what we discovered in Part 1. Part 2 will be out soon.

Enjoy!
Tina Perinotto
Managing editor, The Fifth Estate

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