SCU campus taking shape

SOUTHERN Cross University's new $70 million Gold Coast campus is taking shape next to the Gold Coast Airport, adding much needed space for the growing institution.

The first of two multi-storey towers is being built on industrial land, straddling the NSW and Queensland borders, with students and staff expected to move into the new campus by 2010.

"We are still working on the final date, but we are expected to take over the new campus in September 2009, with the first undergraduate students to begin their studies here in 2010," said the head of the Tweed Gold Coast Campus, Pro Bryan Rothwell.

"The first tower will be 10 storeys and the second tower will be between one and four storeys and cost about $50 million to construct, which is a significant investment by the university.

"This site allows us the space to grow and will be in addition to the existing facilities at the Tweed Heads campus which has too little space for us to expand to cope with demand.

"We also have space at the old Lakeside Christian College campus and we will continue using both existing sites while in the transition phase, moving into the new campus.

"After the transition phase, the Tweed Heads campus will host our post-graduate program, primarily in the areas of business, law and tourism and hospitality which are growth markets for the university."

Construction of the first tower started in August 26 and the $20 million building -- which is being constructed by Gold Coast developers Glenziel -- will include a centralised information hub for students, multi-function rooms to be used for lectures and tutorials, staff rooms and a 1000 square-metre library.

The second tower will also include lecture and tutorial rooms and other facilities needed by the university.

"With the additional space we can offer more courses like health sciences and engineering which are not well represented at university on the NSW North Coast or south-east Queensland," Mr Rothwell said.

"We are also looking into providing post-graduate courses in osteopathy and midwifery to compliment our complimentary medicine program run at the Lismore campus."

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