The Bundoora campus of La Trobe University has been transformed by the new Student Hub and refurbished Borchardt Library officially opened today by the Minister for Resources and Energy, and Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP.
The facilities have been revitalised at a total cost of $17.35 million. The Australian Government contributed $9.12 million of this through the Better Universities Renewal Funding initiative.
The new Student Hub centralises a wide range of student services, including enrolment, cashiers and transport services. It also includes a student lounge, study and learning spaces for students in the “student axis” of Bundoora campus.
The total refurbishment of the Borchardt Library has created an additional 850 seats, more technology-enabled group study spaces, separate study lounges for staff and postgraduate students, more consultation and training rooms, as well as a flexible coffee kiosk and gallery space.
Minister Ferguson said the improved facilities provided a great boost to the University.
“The improvements to Borchardt library really equip it to cater for 21st century approaches to study, and make it a world-class facility,” Minister Ferguson said.
“It means more students will take advantage of the library’s resources. The flexible design of the new student hub maximises its usefulness and I commend all those involved in delivering these two high quality projects.”
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed the opening of the facilities.
“Since 2008, the Australian Government has committed $4.5 billion to provide funding for projects that create or develop significant infrastructure in higher education, research and vocational education and training institutions.
“The Gillard Government’s decision to uncap university student places has also opened the doors of our universities, giving an additional 100,000 students the opportunity of a higher education since coming to government.
“A strong higher education sector is key to creating a skilled Australia, ready for the challenges of a modern economy,” Senator Evans said.
More information on the funding of higher education infrastructure programs can be found at: www.deewr.gov.au