Alliance of four universities to deliver game changer in education

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

The University of Newcastle, UNSW Sydney and the University of Wollongong – acting together as the ‘NUW Alliance’ – last night announced Western Sydney University would be joining the Alliance as a joint venture partner to together lead a new approach to collaborative education and research.

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, attended the MOU signing at NSW Parliament House on Monday evening.

“The addition of Western Sydney University is a welcome expansion of the Alliance. Working together, our four institutions will be able to combine our research expertise and our networks with industry to help grow and transform our state,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“This new arrangement draws on the extensive collaboration between our four universities that has already produced a New Education and Training Model (NETM) incorporating TAFE NSW.

The Alliance has also partnered with industry for education, research, and training. The formalisation of this expanded joint venture arrangement underscores the long-term commitment to delivering on this the model.

Professor Zelinsky said the Alliance will continue to focus on collaborative projects that will have real impact, including the delivery of the Multiversity – a single entity that brings together four of Australia’s leading higher education institutions to deliver 22nd century education, training, and research.

“The Multiversity will specialise in industry-experienced graduates and researchers in high-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and will be part of the Aerotropolis precinct at Badgerys Creek,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“By leveraging the expertise of the four institutions, students, employees, and the wider community will have unparalleled access to innovative teaching and research.”

The Alliance represents a step change in industry, education, research and training collaboration. These world-first initiatives will unquestionably deliver job-ready graduates for the future.

NUW Alliance CEO Matt Gijselman welcomed the announcement.

“The capabilities and expertise represented in this Alliance have not been brought together in this way in Australia before. The size and scale of this joint venture has not been seen before in Australia – 194,000 students plus 14,500 staff, working across 37 locations including 15 innovation hubs and driving $850 million in research funding. Today is a game changer in higher education. Together, and as individuals, we are among the world’s best,” said Mr. Gijselman.

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