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New world-class Design Hub for RMIT University

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SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research


9 November 2012

New world-class Design Hub for RMIT University

A new $80 million centre for design research and teaching will help increase cross-disciplinary collaboration with industry in Australia and on the international stage.

Opening the state-of-the-art Design Hub at RMIT today, Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, said the massive 10-storey, 13,000 square metre centre was built with $28.6 million from the Australian Government through the Education Investment Fund.

“Design is a building block for innovation, it contributes to local industries and increases economic productivity,” Senator Evans said.

“The Design Hub provides the research space needed - at a scale never previously available at RMIT or elsewhere in Australia - to increase research and postgraduate teaching in design.

“Until now, RMIT’s research in design was scattered across the university in facilities not ideal for collaborative work.

“The new Hub brings together Australian design researchers, leading international researchers and industry practitioners to work on joint projects, from architecture to interior design.

“The Hub gives Australian students and researchers the space they need for the sort of cross-disciplinary research that will make Australia truly innovative in this field and be more competitive in the global economy.

“It’s a great example of how the Gillard Government’s Education Investment Fund is transforming teaching capabilities, fostering innovation capacity and helping Australia meet its future skills needs.”

Senator Evans said the Fund is providing more than $4.5 billion to support infrastructure projects in the higher education, VET and research sectors, with $3.1 billion already spent and 20 major projects completed.

“This investment is about modernising tertiary education facilities as part of the Gillard Government’s commitment to deliver world-class education for all Australians,” Senator Evans said.

“The Fund is providing much-needed facility upgrades in universities across Australia—from veterinary science schools to engineering centres—to meet 21st-century needs.”

Senator Evans’ Media Contact: Rhys Davies 0411 138 572