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$11.6 million revitalisation of CSU infrastructure.



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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister

Senator Mark Arbib

Senator for New South Wales

16 October, 2008

Joint Media Release

$11.6 million Revitalisation of CSU Infrastructure

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard and the Senator for New South Wales, Mark Arbib, today announced that Charles Sturt University will receive $11.645 million for capital and technological infrastructure upgrades which will revitalise teaching and learning at the

university.

The Minister and Senator Arbib announced that the Rudd Government’s $500 million Better Universities Renewal Fund will enable the Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Campus to expand its Nursing and Midwifery course facilities.

The upgrade will allow the extension and refurbishment of the Morell Laboratories, including a full mock hospital which will incorporate linked tutorial and scenario observation stations.

This is in addition to the recent allocation of an additional 45 nursing places to CSU by the Rudd Government to commence from 2009.

CSU will also use the funding to undertake a major expansion of its wireless network capacity and to install integrated podcasting, vodcasting and synchronous online learning.

The Better Universities Renewal Fund is part of the Rudd Government’s plan to build a modern, productive Australian higher education system to meet the challenges of the future.

The Government’s Better Universities Renewal Funding is a one-off $500 million initiative to assist Australia’s universities to revitalise campus infrastructure after a decade of neglect by the previous Liberal government.

Funding is provided for campus renewal that will improve university infrastructure for teaching, learning and research and to enhance the student experience through improved student amenities.

Regional universities in New South Wales will receive $35.128 million from the new Better Universities Renewal Fund.