Two Federal Government Capital Development Pool grants of $3 million for The University of Western Australia’s new Business School, and $1 million for its Albany Centre, were a welcome and significant contribution to the State’s infrastructure, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said today.
“The Federal Government’s $3 million grant towards the construction of our new $47 million business school is a significant contribution to UWA’s ability to further enhance the quality of its business education programs,” Professor Robson said.
He said the $1 million awarded to UWA’s Albany Centre to house the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management and Rural Clinical School would boost the University’s presence and commitment to higher education in country Western Australia.
He also welcomed the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop’s announcement today of an allocation of $4,798,340 from the Federal Learning and Teaching Performance Fund for next year.
“This is an increase of $572,235 on last year's allocation of $4,226,105 to the University and represents 5.87 per cent of the funds allocated nationally for 2008 as compared with 5.09 per cent of the funds allocated for 2007. This outcome puts UWA in the top four universities nationally,” Professor Robson said.
"I am pleased at UWA's ongoing success in the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund, which recognises the University's good performance in teaching. We are committed to improving the University's teaching and learning performance and will invest the additional funds in strategies to further enhance the student experience at UWA.
"I am particularly pleased that this allocation coincides with the Government's allocation of a further 230 new funded places to the University because we will be able to offer more students the opportunity to enjoy studying at UWA.”