A new centre for engineering students at The University of Western Australia will provide a modern 24/7 facility for team-based learning and private study in a professional and contemporary environment.
The Clough Engineering Student Centre, which opened yesterday, coincides with the reintroduction of a Clough Engineering Scholarship scheme to provide financial support for students studying engineering at UWA.
The Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, Professor Paul Johnson, said the new centre would provide students with a central hub to work on engineering team projects, foster friendships and simply relax with fellow engineering students.
"UWA is focussed on having the resources and establishing a campus culture that creates a meaningful and enjoyable experience for its students," he said.
"The Centre is a great example of having a space that will encourage students to interact and network. It is also fantastic to see that the Clough family and Clough Ltd are also committed to work with UWA to create such experiences."
UWA's Dean of Engineering, Mathematics and Computing, Winthrop Professor John Dell, said the new Clough Engineering Student Centre showed how partnerships with business and industry helped to make the University an outstanding institution for engineering education and training.
"It will not only be an important social anchor for our diverse engineering cohort but also a critical link to industry to help the Faculty deliver new teaching programs in 2012 and beyond," Professor Dell said.
The new facility is equipped with multiple private study areas, a large meeting room, four seminar rooms, numerous computer ports, Wifi access, electronic whiteboards, flat screen TVs and a tea room.
Yesterday's formal opening was attended by UWA Engineering Graduate and former Senate Member Dr Harold Clough AO, OBE, CitWA; Gary Bowtell, Executive Vice President Engineering; Clough Ltd; Professor Johnson; Professor Dell and UWA engineering staff and students.