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SCU invests in new facilities at Coffs Harbour campus

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Brigid Veale
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19 September 2005
A $2.7 million expansion of student and staff facilities at Southern Cross University's Coffs Harbour campus is on track for completion in time for the start of the 2006 academic year.

The new building, an extension of M Block, will include state-of-the-art video-conferencing facilities, a new lecture theatre and student and staff offices.

SCU Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark will be inspecting the work with the Head of Coffs Harbour Campus, Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Zbys Klich, on Monday, September 19.

Professor Clark said the commitment to provide new facilities was evidence of the importance of the Coffs Harbour campus to the University and to the surrounding community.

"At Southern Cross University we have placed renewed emphasis on our coastal campuses and we are looking forward to continued strong growth in demand from students, both from within the local region and from further afield," Professor Clark said.

Professor Klich said the new facilities would provide greater opportunities for staff and students and would allow the continued development of new programs and research opportunities.

"We are investing heavily in both infrastructure and in new staff, including professors. This year we have had a 30 per cent rise in the number of students on this campus and we expect that growth to continue for 2006.

"We have developed excellent relationships with business and community organisations and are collaborating closely with the North Coast Institute of TAFE to enhance the educational opportunities for Coffs Coast residents."

Professor Klich said there was also a strong focus on research, and many staff were actively involved in projects that would provide ongoing benefits for the Coffs Coast region. These included the Aged Services Learning and Research Collaboration, led by Professor Colleen Cartwright.

The building work is due for completion by February next year. It will include a 45-seat lecture theatre complete with state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities, staff offices and post-graduate rooms, and an outdoor gathering area.

Photo opportunity: SCU Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark and Pro Vice-Chanecellor and Head of Coffs Harbour campus, Professor Zbys Klich, will be inspecting the building work at 11am, Monday, September 19.