The UTS Master Plan delivers a series of new buildings, major upgrades and improved pedestrian connections right in the heart of Sydney's southern CBD, transforming the UTS City campus into one of Australia’s most recognised university campuses.
With teaching, research and industry engagement spaces that support the delivery of UTS’s collaboration- and technology-based model of teaching, as well as our industry-focused research, the City campus is now a destination for staff, students and visitors alike.
UTS’s vision for its campus has garnered wide support from government, industry and private donors, as evidenced by a $50 million Education Infrastructure Fund grant from the Federal Government for the Faculty of Engineering and IT Building and a $20 million gift by Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing – the largest private donation for a university building in Australia – for the new UTS Business School.
A revitalised Alumni Green sits at the heart of the new City campus. This 'green heart' forms a key part of the City Campus Master Plan vision, which responds to a number of key drivers within the UTS strategic plan.
Announcing the vision
The City Campus Master Plan was announced in May 2008 as part of UTS's 20th anniversary celebrations, aiming to:
- Deliver a revitalised campus that matches our position as a leading university of technology
- Create a global city campus with an identifiable heart
- Create a 'sticky' campus: a place where students want to study, learn and socialise
- Embrace new teaching and learning paradigms, including the library of the future
- Create a vital campus with a clear pedestrian network and connections to adjacent transport, commercial and cultural hubs
- Commit to holistic sustainability goals
- Consolidate faculty locations and student services hubs
- Accommodate future student and staff growth.
Issues addressed by the UTS City Campus Master Plan
The UTS City campus developed substantially over the course of its first 20 years, spreading across several city blocks, separated by busy streets. In that time, the university’s strategic objectives also shifted. The Master Plan addresses the shortcomings that have developed and strengthens our position as a leading provider of tertiary education.
Key issues addressed by the masterplan include:
- fragmented nature of the existing campus
- lack of quality open and public spaces
- need for upgraded teaching, learning and research facilities
- improved sustainability
- expected growth in the number of students and staff in the decade ahead.