Three graduate learning spaces were opened at the University of Melbourne on 28 September.
The Melbourne Graduate Schools of Education, Science and Land and Environment are the first of seven spaces to be opened in the next year.
According to Kim Carr, the innovation minister, “the investment helped to build a strong and vibrant tertiary education sector with modern education and research facilities”.
Melbourne received over AU$16.2 million from the Education Investment Fund (EIF) for the graduate learning spaces.
“The funding has enabled the University of Melbourne to fast track a major capital works programme to turn more than 13,000 m2 of traditional facilities into an integrated suite of contemporary teaching and learning spaces,” said Carr, who officially opened the facilities.
Melbourne has received funding for several projects under the EIF, including AU$90m for the Peter Doherty Institute for Immunity and Infection and AU$17.5m for the Centre for Neural Engineering.
“We are deeply grateful to the commonwealth government for the commitment and the financial support we have received under minister Carr’s watch, through the government’s Education Investment Fund,” said Glyn Davis, Melbourne’s vice-chancellor.