USQ Springfield opens new $45 million building
THE University of Southern Queensland Springfield marked a new chapter as the doors of its new $45 million building were opened to students and staff for the first time this week.
The completion of the new building represents a significant step in the education advances for the region and growth of USQ Springfield.
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the new building was supported by $41.9 million from the Australian Government and was a key component of the university's strategy for increasing student participation in the Western Corridor, one of the nation's fastest growing areas.
"The construction of this new building not only dramatically changes the landscape of USQ Springfield but forms part of our commitment to consolidate its academic offering and provide students with top-quality programs in a state-of-the-art environment," she said.
The building further represented USQ's confidence in the future of the region as a driver of regional development with an expanded focus on digital performance as well as business innovation.
"The latest high-end audio visual equipment, saturated Wi-Fi, and 21st Century classroom design combined with online access to digital learning resources is allowing students to participate in learning activities from home, work, or on-campus," Prof Thomas said.
The 9000sq m, four-storey building includes a central learning commons and hub, library services, collaborative learning spaces, specialist teaching spaces, study areas and staff accommodation.
USQ Campus Services announced the completion of the expansion, known as USQ Springfield Building B, last week, with the core areas being open to staff and students.
Other areas of the new building are said to be expected to open during this June.