A BRAND new 10 storey building featuring world class facilities in health and science is set to revolutionise the way students learn at Southern Cross University, according to Vice Chancellor Peter Lee.
Two years in the making, the building will offer students the chance to gain essential industry and hands on experience.
The $50 million Gold Coast campus project opened its doors to students yesterday and featured state of the art resources for nursing and midwifery.
Entire floors have been dedicated to laboratories for anatomy students and also biomechanics laboratories for those specialising in podiatry and speech pathology.
Professor Lee said the building was a great investment for staff, students and the university as a whole.
"Aspects of the building are set up to mock real life situations," he said.
"There are rooms that mimic the exact layout of hospitals, a rehabilitation clinic and birthing quarters with facilities and equipment to match.
"We also have an entire area designated to occupational therapy which will specialise in the retraining of motor skills for patients who have suffered from a stroke."
The new building includes a health clinic located on the ground floor, which will be open to the public offering a range of health practitioner services as well as support student learning and clinical research.
The university also unveiled a $30,000 solar power generator, the largest of its kind in Australia.
University technical officer Troy Schmidt said the solar device, nicknamed 'the sunflower', would be used for students of the contemporary music department and would replace expensive diesel generators.
"The devise costs nothing to run and is environmentally friendly- it's the future," he said.
The solar sunflower moves to follow the sun and can generate power for 12 to 16 hours.
The $30,000 device will also be used to generate power at the up and coming Bluesfest in Byron Bay.