Students in regional Victoria to benefit from new facilities

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  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Students in regional Victoria now have access to world-class learning facilities with the opening of two new buildings at Federation University Australia in Ballarat today.

The Science and Engineering Precinct, and Sports and Recreational Centre were officially opened by Senator Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education.

Senator Ryan, representing Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Science and Engineering Precinct will benefit students in Victoria, particularly those in regional areas.

“This world-class learning facility will help meet student demand in science and engineering,” Senator Ryan said.

“The multi-media classrooms and open-access computer learning spaces will increase collaborative teaching at the intersection of environmental management and mining.”

The Australian Government provided $45 million to the university to build the Science and Engineering Precinct, and $3 million for the Sports and Recreational Centre.

The new multi-purpose Sports and Recreational Centre will enhance the teaching and learning experience in Health and Sports Sciences, and Human Movement.

Senator Ryan said that in addition to providing accommodation space for course delivery, the centre will house specialist spaces for skills development in Sports Science.

“The Australian Government has a track record of investment in infrastructure as universities are an opportunity for individual advancement as well as the advancement of knowledge,” Senator Ryan said.

“Through my department—the Department of Education—we will continue to work closely with FedUni, indeed all universities, to support its learning, teaching and research activities.

“It’s fitting that so soon after the formation of FedUni—a regionally focussed university that encompasses the University of Ballarat and Monash University’s Gippsland Campus—that we are celebrating the opening of sustainable learning and research infrastructure,” Senator Ryan said.

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