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Campus News : CONNECT:UOW July 2012
Member for Monaro Dr Mike Kelly opened the $2.5 million extensions to the Batemans Bay Library and Education Campus in May, praising the University of Wollongong for its vision and innovation in helping to transform the South Coast economy by providing tertiary education opportunities. UOW has three campuses on the South Coast -- at Batemans Bay, Bega and the Shoalhaven at West Nowra. There are currently 130 students at UOW Batemans Bay taking Arts, Commerce and Education courses, with Nursing scheduled to join the list from 2014. The extensions to the Batemans Bay campus, which has operated as a joint venture between UOW, TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute and Eurobodalla Shire Council since 1999, include a new wing with teaching and study areas and a simulation laboratory for the new Nursing students. The Shire Library has also been extended with a section dedicated to a collection of books and materials specifically for UOW students studying at the campus. UOW contributed $1.9 million to the extensions, mainly through funding it has received from the federal Diversity and Structural Adjustment Fund. Dr Kelly commented that UOW had "obviously made good use of the government funding". Dr Kelly, who is Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, said it was vital for the region's economic future to provide tertiary education opportunities for Batemans Bay residents so they didn't have to leave the area for further study. "The way (for this area) to compete globally is through skilling our people," Dr Kelly said. "It is so exciting to see the vision and innovation of the University of Wollongong contributing to our community. We're on the cusp of something special here ... with the potential to really create a dynamic, diversified economy. Tertiary education is so important to achieving that goal." Eurobodalla Mayor Councillor Fergus Thompson said the campus was important because it gave residents the opportunity to enhance their skills EXTENSIONS A BOOST FOR THE BAY STARTPAD LAUNCHES NEW IDEAS and earning capacity without having to leave the area to study in Wollongong, Canberra or Sydney. "Education at any level is important," Cr Thompson said. "From the point of view of this community, this (campus) creates employment opportunities or enhances employment opportunities, (for example) adding Nursing will enable people to go into Nursing while continuing to live here. "So our thanks go to the University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra for this partnership which is so important to our community. Not only is it good now, but it will continue to grow and be great for our community." UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said the University's contribution was a demonstration of its commitment to delivering high quality education on the South Coast. NH UOW has collaborated with key partners to establish StartPad, an office space in Wollongong designed to help technology-focused entrepreneurs to grow and develop ideas into successful businesses. Officially opened in May, StartPad is already home to 16 start-up businesses. StartPad is a joint initiative between the University, Wollongong City Council, NSW Trade & Investment, Enterprise Connect and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra. It is also a key component of UOW's iAccelerate initiative. With initial funding of $50,000 from NSW Trade & Investment and Wollongong Council providing the office space in the CBD, StartPad provides start-up entrepreneurs with low-cost office accommodation, mentoring support, peer support and access to networks of people with ideas they would like to see developed into businesses. UOW Innovation and Business Development Manager Dr Tamantha Stutchbury believes that StartPad represents a turning point in the development of a new industry profile for the Illawarra and will act as an ideas incubator. "The initiative delivers a unique and alternative opportunity to graduating university students and local entrepreneurs," she said. At StartPad's opening in May 2012, Wollongong Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery said: "The development and nurturing of companies in StartPad shows that Wollongong is developing as a city where companies and entrepreneurs can work innovative applications and tools to deliver new businesses and employment opportunities. This is an opportune time to support a dynamic growth industry in our city." NH All smiles at the opening of the extensions to the Batemans Bay Library and Education Campus (from left): UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, Eurobodalla Mayor Cr Fergus Thompson, Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly and TAFE Illawarra Institute Relieving Director Lucy Arundell. Cutting the ribbon to launch StartPad are (foreground) Wollongong Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery and UOW Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper, watched by (from left) UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, Research and Innovation Division Director Elizabeth Eastland, Council's Business Development Manager Brenden Logue and UOW's Innovation and Business Development Manager Dr Tamantha Stutchbury. 4 CONNECT :UOW JULY 2012 CONNECT: NEWS