Precincts and Projects
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Over the next decade, the University of Canberra's Bruce campus will be transformed into an integrated learning community, abolishing the boundaries between the academy, industry and community of all ages, and establishing UC as a showcase of the confluence of living, learning, innovation and entrepreneurship.
At its heart will be the principles of co-creation and collaboration, offering fresh opportunities for national and international partnerships, transformational research, enriched learning experiences and vibrant commercial and networking activities.
Proceeds from the development will be used to support UC's strategic objectives as well as a specially created endowment fund, which will ensure the University and its students continue to prosper well into the future.
Campus of the Future
1 00:00:07,060 --> 00:00:08,780 Thank you… 2 00:00:10,000 --> 00:00:16,400 Thank you. Good evening. To those of you in the room, and to those of you streaming from 3 00:00:16,410 --> 00:00:20,000 wherever you are in the world. 4 00:00:20,000 --> 00:00:24,789 As Vice-Chancellor it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the annual State of the 5 00:00:24,789 --> 00:00:27,090 University address. 6 00:00:27,090 --> 00:00:32,780 I’d like to start proceedings by acknowledging the Ngunnawal People, the traditional custodians 7 00:00:32,780 --> 00:00:38,550 of the land on which the original Bruce Campus was built, and I acknowledge their continuing 8 00:00:38,550 --> 00:00:41,470 custodianship. 9 00:00:42,140 --> 00:00:48,550 Today we are joined by special guests, the ACT Chief Minister, members of the ACT Legislative 10 00:00:48,550 --> 00:00:55,140 Assembly, distinguished alumni and former Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker AO 11 00:00:55,140 --> 00:01:01,670 (who is looking remarkably fit, given his advancing years). 12 00:01:01,670 --> 00:01:09,880 Ladies and gentleman, today I ask you to cast your minds back to 2015 and consider what 13 00:01:09,880 --> 00:01:16,360 we have achieved. For those who weren’t yet born, you’re about to hear the story 14 00:01:16,360 --> 00:01:20,350 behind the Educated Life you now enjoy. 15 00:01:20,350 --> 00:01:27,990 Big goals take time, planning, understanding, and vision. 16 00:01:27,990 --> 00:01:36,789 15 years ago, we saw the start of what was possible. New campus accommodation, the Health 17 00:01:36,789 --> 00:01:44,229 Hub, the Sporting Commons, and the UC Research Institute for Sport and Exercise had all become 18 00:01:44,229 --> 00:01:46,389 a reality. 19 00:01:46,389 --> 00:01:52,480 The ACT Government approved the building of the UC Public Hospital, now a major teaching 20 00:01:52,490 --> 00:01:57,119 hospital which drives ground-breaking research. 21 00:01:57,119 --> 00:02:03,859 Our plans to create an inspired new housing typology on campus for the Canberra community 22 00:02:03,859 --> 00:02:06,159 began to surface. 23 00:02:06,160 --> 00:02:12,180 Meanwhile UC strongly supported the creative arts and humanities with initiatives such 24 00:02:12,180 --> 00:02:18,020 as the VC’s Poetry Prize, which nurtured a campus environment anchored in artistic 25 00:02:18,020 --> 00:02:19,860 and cultural endeavour. 26 00:02:19,860 --> 00:02:28,660 These were not isolated developments. Rather, they were integral components of a grand vision 27 00:02:28,660 --> 00:02:33,600 to transform UC into an innovative campus for the future... 28 00:02:33,600 --> 00:02:39,110 …Developments which were influenced by the in-depth exploration of ideas, and a planning 29 00:02:39,110 --> 00:02:43,750 process which set out to prepare the campus for its exciting evolution. 30 00:02:43,750 --> 00:02:51,000 …Developments which resulted from robust discussions and the unrestricted exchange 31 00:02:51,000 --> 00:02:55,720 of ideas with stakeholders, think tanks, governments and institutions. 32 00:02:55,720 --> 00:03:04,980 Choosing not to follow change, but to lead it, UC’s physical surroundings were transformed 33 00:03:04,980 --> 00:03:12,080 into an integrated learning community, an inspiring nucleus of diverse local, interstate 34 00:03:12,080 --> 00:03:13,900 and international operations. 35 00:03:13,900 --> 00:03:19,640 Including one of the largest health faculties in the country, 36 00:03:19,640 --> 00:03:27,070 a thriving eco-system of research in biotech, biomedicine, sports tech, material fabrication 37 00:03:27,070 --> 00:03:28,510 and IT innovation… 38 00:03:28,510 --> 00:03:35,360 …which has, of course, already led to countless discoveries benefitting everyday life and 39 00:03:35,360 --> 00:03:38,040 next generation technology. 40 00:03:38,040 --> 00:03:41,660 Its positive effect on the ACT’s economy is evident. 41 00:03:41,660 --> 00:03:48,670 Our community thrives because of its greatest asset, you. 42 00:03:48,670 --> 00:03:54,650 Many of you now live in the Campus Community’s 3,000 sustainable dwellings, award-winning 43 00:03:54,650 --> 00:03:59,530 for their innovative architecture, and integrated with a health and wellbeing program. 44 00:03:59,530 --> 00:04:07,590 As well as the thousands of staff, alumni and others from all walks of life who call 45 00:04:07,590 --> 00:04:13,150 the Campus Community home, thousands more visit each day, 46 00:04:13,150 --> 00:04:20,000 creating a lively village of Utopian living, based in a context of ideas, invention and 47 00:04:20,000 --> 00:04:26,009 knowledge... which provides the support needed to foster such a context. 48 00:04:26,009 --> 00:04:32,510 By focusing on successful students in primary and secondary schools, and by transitioning 49 00:04:32,510 --> 00:04:37,660 international students to academic life in Australia, we have encouraged the brightest 50 00:04:37,660 --> 00:04:40,560 young minds to undertake our degree programs. 51 00:04:40,560 --> 00:04:47,470 While the University of the Third Age draws on our units to offer intellectual exploration 52 00:04:47,470 --> 00:04:50,030 to Canberra’s growing retiree population. 53 00:04:50,030 --> 00:04:58,730 The Great Hall stands amongst wonderful open spaces. Its beautiful exhibition space extends 54 00:04:58,730 --> 00:05:00,560 Canberra’s cultural capabilities. 55 00:05:00,570 --> 00:05:07,530 The University now seamlessly connects with the thriving Belconnen CBD and Lake Ginninderra 56 00:05:07,530 --> 00:05:13,600 forming a stimulating arts, entertainment, employment and innovation collective. 57 00:05:13,600 --> 00:05:22,650 In times gone by, monasteries and Universities were designed to inspire worship, solitude 58 00:05:22,650 --> 00:05:23,940 and scholarship. 59 00:05:23,940 --> 00:05:31,760 They were often walled to reinforce the idea they were apart from the general community. 60 00:05:31,780 --> 00:05:32,900 Something different. 61 00:05:32,910 --> 00:05:42,930 UC is something different. It has no walls around its grounds. It does not retreat from 62 00:05:42,960 --> 00:05:46,840 the world. It engages with it. 63 00:05:46,840 --> 00:05:52,400 Canberra has earned its reputation as the education capital of Australia, an authentic 64 00:05:52,400 --> 00:05:57,550 university town, analogous to small cities in Europe and the United States which are 65 00:05:57,550 --> 00:06:02,490 defined by their prominent schools, institutes and universities. 66 00:06:02,490 --> 00:06:10,169 Today, in 2030, you are all witness to how the University’s strong sense of mission 67 00:06:10,169 --> 00:06:13,689 IS manifested in the campus environment around us. 68 00:06:14,740 --> 00:06:20,360 It’s evident, the moment you step onto the campus, that this is a university committed 69 00:06:20,370 --> 00:06:26,490 to the expansion of minds through education and the pursuit of ideas, committed to professional 70 00:06:26,490 --> 00:06:33,010 education, applied research, culture and activity for the benefit of everyone. 71 00:06:33,010 --> 00:06:37,310 Whatever their age, whatever their stage, whatever their background, and whatever their 72 00:06:37,310 --> 00:06:43,670 physical abilities, we learn and discover together. 73 00:06:43,980 --> 00:06:47,740 This is The Educated Life.
By 2030, the University of Canberra's Bruce campus will be an extraordinary place. People from around the world will visit and experience a new model community in action, where people, young and old, live an educated life.
The planning for this transformation is being driven by a vision of how universities will operate in the future, abolishing the boundaries between the academy, industry and community of all ages, establishing UC as a showcase of the confluence of living, learning, innovation and entrepreneurship. At the heart of this development will be the principles of co-creation and collaboration, offering fresh opportunities for national and international partnerships, transformational research, enriched learning experiences and vibrant commercial and netowrking activities. The campus development vision also aligns with our specific goals of:
- Opening up and integrating the UC campus with the surrounding district of Belconnen and strangthening partnerships with local educational and professional institutions.
- Enhancing Canberra's reputation as a knowledge city and educational capital, and growing the knowledge economy by developing an entrepreneurial hub where industry, research and community come together in the exploration of ideas and pursuit of solutions.
- Stand out as a showcase of innovative urban design in a characteristically Australia landscape, and promote healthy and active lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities.
- Ensure that by developing the UC campus as a smart-city-within-the-city, we deliver cutting edge communication technologies and connectivity to the community.
- Create opportunities for our students to be engaged across all areas of the campus development and operations as part of experiential learning programs.
- Working with our partners, pursue the highest standards of environmental and energy sustainability, water conservation, physical accessibility, and sustainable and active modes of transport.
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