Travel, fresh perspectives on study, new friends, networking opportunities … there are lots of benefits to UTS’s Global Exchange program. But there’s one other that until now no one has mentioned – the chance to check out how the great buildings of the world measure up to the UTS Tower.
That’s exactly what Nicola Panopoulos, a UTS Public Communication and Creative Intelligence & Innovation undergraduate, did on her way to a Global Exchange opportunity at London’s University of Westminster. So how does the UTS Tower stack up, according to Nicola?
Towers unappreciated – featuring the Eiffel Tower
If there’s one thing the UTS Tower has in common with the Eiffel Tower, it’s that the people of their respective cities think/thought they are/were ugly. Fun fact: Parisians once called the Eiffel Tower the metal asparagus. Similarly, the Sydney Morning Herald coined the phrase ‘Broadway’s ungainly middle finger’ for the UTS Tower. Rather than compete, these two landmarks ought to split a jug at the Underground (drinks on UTS) while bonding over the disdain they evoke. It’s cool to be uncool, right?
Misunderstood monuments – featuring Big Ben
Currently swathed in scaffolding, Big Ben's still an impressive sight, but did you know the clock tower’s name is actually Elizabeth Tower? Big Ben is the nickname for the large bell that alerts Londoners to the time on the clock face. I wonder how Elizabeth Tower feels? Perhaps like the UTS Tower’s less conspicuous ‘mini me’ (Building 2), before it was knocked down to make way for UTS Central. At least there’s no confusion among Sydneysiders about the identity of the UTS Tower, thanks to its renowned façade.
Gods of reinvention – featuring the Parthenon
The Parthenon's seen its fair share of reinvention, as has the UTS Tower. The Athens icon went from paying homage to warrior goddess Athena to being a church, then a historical site. It was even partially ‘obtained’ by the British (the Elgin Marbles) and displayed in London’s British Museum. Meanwhile, the UTS Tower has been home to the NSW Institute of Technology, featured in snow globes, became a meme (shout out UTS: Think Change Meme) and underwent a marketing facelift. At least our Tower is still in one piece!
We can’t compete – featuring the Walls of Dubrovnik
They have us with their moat! The closest we come to such a water feature is when a freak storm hits Sydney and overwhelms the storm drains or when tears of joy flow from students upon exams finishing. However, one could say that the UTS Tower is a fortress for learning and therefore qualified to go toe-to-toe with walls that protected a prosperous civilisation for close to five centuries. While the UTS Tower (at 39) can’t quite boast the same longevity, the future is definitely bright for our blue-sky institution.