The future of learning is here
UTS Central has officially opened its doors to students, staff and the community, the final building to be delivered as part of a 10-year campus redevelopment program.
From its double helix staircase to its modernist glass façade, world-leading collaborative learning spaces and scholarly reading room, the 17-storey UTS Central has been designed and configured for a contemporary education.
UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said the university’s strategy and approach to education is embodied in a unique new building that also redefines the southern gateway to Sydney’s CBD.
“Our decade-long campus redevelopment has revolutionised teaching and learning, allowing us to deliver practice-oriented programs to prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. UTS Central is the confident and contemporary embodiment of that educational evolution. It reflects not only our experimentation and innovation over the last five years, but all we’ve learned in the 30 years since UTS was founded,” Professor Brungs said.
- A Reading Room with three-storey atrium, overlooking Alumni Green
- The Hive Superlab, a science laboratory able to accommodate up to 270 students working together or in small groups
- The UTS Blake Library, occupying levels 7 to 9 and boasting a direct connection to the automated library retrieval system beneath Alumni Green
- New premises for the Faculty of Law, including authentic Moot Court and trial courts
- Research spaces for the Faculty of Engineering and IT
- A Research Excellence and Support Hub (RES Hub)
- Customised 350-seat collaborative classrooms and a research scholars’ centre
- Food court and terrace café/restaurant
The three customised collaborative classrooms housed in UTS Central are unique to the university. Two of the classrooms can fit as many as 350 students. They've been designed with no obvious ‘front’ of the room, but are instead divided – physically and with technology – into several smaller ‘zones’ for group learning.
The Hive Superlab has 42 pods of six students each, able to work together and solve problems as they would in a workplace.
Professor Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) said learning at university is changing, which means the nature of the student experience is changing.
“Students must master a body of knowledge, develop the skills to work in a team, communicate effectively in a variety of forms, engage in sophisticated problem-solving, and be creative and entrepreneurial,” Professor Alexander said.
“The spaces in UTS Central have been designed to support active and collaborative learning activities. Inspired by research, these spaces enable our students to graduate as highly competent professionals.”
UTS Central completes the university’s original City Campus Master Plan, which also includes the aluminium-encased engineering and IT building, the Vicki Sara science building across Alumni Green, and the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building.