Curtin University has today officially opened its new Midland Campus, which will act as a base for Curtin Medical School students in their fourth and fifth year of study as well as other health sciences students.
The State Government committed $22 million in funding and reserved land to support the establishment of the new Campus, forming a key component of DevelopmentWA’s Midland master plan, which repositions the historic Workshops Precinct as a medical and education hub.
Designed by Lyons Architecture, the Curtin University Midland Campus gracefully integrates a contemporary interpretation of the ‘distinctly Curtin’ built form seen at Curtin Perth into the heritage surrounds whilst also reflecting throughout its design an important connection with the Wadjuk Nyungar people.
Member for Midland Michelle Roberts said she welcomed the investment by Curtin University in Midland.
“Young people of the eastern suburbs deserve as much access to a quality university education as those in the western suburbs,” Minister Roberts said
“I hope this is the beginning of significant growth and opportunities for tertiary education in Midland. This builds on the vision the Gallop Government had when it announced the new Midland Hospital for the workshops site in 2005.
“The establishment of this campus continues the transformation of Midland into an important hub in eastern Perth.”
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the new Campus would provide students, community and industry partners with greater access to higher education in the Midland region.
“Curtin’s Midland Campus will play a key role in facilitating effective relationships with adjacent health services and community agencies, which in turn will give students the skills and experience needed to work in complex cultural environments and meet the changing needs of future employers,” Professor Terry said.
“The new Campus represents exemplary standards in learning and teaching and further cements the University’s place as a leader in education and research. It will bring higher education to the Midland area for the first time, benefiting businesses and broader communities in the region.
“I am delighted to officially open Curtin’s new Midland Campus. It will be an important base for Curtin’s medical students and will positively contribute to stimulating engagement, activation and economic growth in the Midland area, as well as providing a dynamic and diverse learning environment.”
The state-of-the-art building incorporates high-tech simulation suites and rich collaborative learning spaces. It will accommodate students across Curtin University’s health sciences disciplines, including medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy, and local health professionals for skills development and joint research.
Public artwork created by Aboriginal artist Justin Martin in collaboration with Milne & Stonehouse artists is a striking feature of the building. Three pieces come together to tell the ‘NGOOK honey story’, which celebrates the process of collecting honey for the Nyungar people and represents the essence of collaborative learning, a key value of the Campus and the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Aligning with Curtin’s ongoing commitment to sustainable development, the Campus is targeting a 5 Star As Built rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Curtin’s Midland Campus builds on Curtin’s CBD campus locations including 137 and 139 St Georges Terrace, Curtin Law School at 57 Murray Street, and the Graduate School of Business, including Curtin’s Future of Work Institute, at 78 Murray Street, as well as the University’s major regional Campus in Kalgoorlie and four global campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.
Curtin University’s Midland Campus was officially opened at a special ceremony today by the Federal Member for Hasluck and Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Honourable Ken Wyatt, and the Member for Midland, the Honourable Michelle Roberts.