UON Upper Hunter
The University of Newcastle (UON) has a major role to play in the Hunter’s economic transition into a knowledge-based economy. This is achieved by working with government and industry partners to create innovation that delivers enhanced opportunity, industrial expansion and economic growth.
In partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Council, the University has established a research and education facility in the Hunter called UON Upper Hunter, located within the Tertiary Education Centre in what is known as the Hunter Region Innovation Precinct – a precinct which also houses TAFE NSW and the Library. The structure of UON Upper Hunter is based on the Newcastle Institute for Energy & Resources (NIER) model and focuses on the delivery of regionally relevant research and engagement activities that help shape the future of the region.
UON Upper Hunter supports the area’s diversification goals of becoming an innovation intensive region. It provides a flexible framework for postgraduate students to access opportunities to develop applied research skills and enhance employment opportunities across a wide range of industries, whilst providing a supporting platform for existing research excellence and innovation and enabling the expansion of critical research to benefit the region. It provides a space for UON staff and students to work with local industry and community to create, develop and produce ideas and products which generate ongoing social and economic benefits.
UON Upper Hunter is an integral part of the UON’s I2N Innovation Hub Network and facilitates the delivery of events and projects through the Council’s I2N Upper Hunter Hub. The Upper Hunter Hub will give innovative start-ups and SMEs located in the Upper Hunter access to the wider I2N programs, events and initiatives.