Amendments to University Act to transform Murdoch

October 20, 2016

Murdoch-logo-squaredMurdoch University has applauded the Universities Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 passed through the Legislative Council, following the announcement by Education Minister, The Hon Peter Collier MLC.

“The modernising of the State’s universities’ Act will herald a new chapter in higher education in Western Australia,” Mr Collier said.

“Western Australia's universities now have legislation attuned to the real world thanks to a Bill passed by State Parliament this week.”

The amendments to the Bill will enable all Western Australian public universities the functions and powers required to enter into commercial arrangements for the benefit of their students, affording Murdoch University the same powers as other universities across Australia.

The amendments will also provide for a more efficient university governance structure, while retaining the representation of constituents.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen said amendments will enable the transformation of Murdoch University’s landscape, allowing the growth and development needed for future sustainability and growth.

“We are committed to building a sustainable future for Murdoch University, and this legislation will further enable us to continue to build on our reputation as an institution that is sought after both domestically and internationally by students, staff and academics,” said Professor Leinonen.

“Significant planning is already underway for the future growth and development of our University. With the amendments to the Act finally approved, Murdoch is perfectly primed to become a world-renowned hub of knowledge and innovation supporting industry and business partnership from start-up to established businesses.”

Mr Collier said he was looking forward to seeing the changes to the Murdoch University landscape that the Bill will enable.

Murdoch University’s Campus Master Plan involves the development of the eastern side of the campus, known as the Eastern Precinct. This forms part of WA’s largest knowledge precinct – the Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre – which includes Fiona Stanley Hospital, St John of God Hospital, the Harry Perkins Research Hub and Challenger TAFE.

“Adjacent to Western Australia’s leading medical and research facilities, Murdoch University is perfectly placed to nurture our dynamic health proposition – a collaborative centre of human, animal and environmental health expertise,” added Professor Leinonen.

“The Eastern Precinct will present an opportunity for forward thinking organisations to engage in a vibrant, dynamic and global hub. People, nature and technology will connect here to create a community that fosters the pursuit of knowledge, innovation and excellence.”

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