Victoria University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Harman has hailed the Federal Government's announcement of infrastructure funding for universities for its "forward thinking and commitment to Higher Education in Australia".
Professor Harman said: "In particular, I would like to highlight the new teaching and learning capital fund initiative from which VU will receive at least $10.5 million, for new or renewal works for teaching and learning spaces for Higher Education, and a share of additional funds for TAFE."
"This funding will assist the University to continue to invest in first class facilities at our major campuses in Melbourne's west - Footscray, St Albans, Sunshine and Werribee."
"Universities need to make considerable infrastructure investments if they are to appeal to successive generations of students - we need to make our campuses effective and attractive places to study."
"We need to provide state of the art facilities for our students, so that we can offer world class educational experiences."
"The Federal Government also deserves kudos for its $500 million investment for maintenance and infrastructure in the area of Vocational Education - and VU can expect a share of these."
"As a multi-sector university, offering a huge range of pathways from Certificate I right through to PhD level, we expect that VU will be able to access this funding to make improvements to the facilities used by our Vocational Education students - especially in areas of study that narrow the skills shortage that Australia is so desperately suffering from."
Andy Gash, Snr. Media Officer
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