UWS Bankstown Campus Student Council's Amanda Windsor (front centre) says the announcement that Milperra campus will close by 2021 has caused uncertainty among students and staff.
MONTHS of speculation that Western Sydney University will abandoned its Bankstown campus at Milperra has been confirmed, with the site to close within five years.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover has told the Torch that negotiations are underway to gradually transfer the 8,000 students and several hundred staff at Milperra, to a 'vertical campus' under construction in the Liverpool CBD, and a proposed high-rise campus in the Bankstown CBD at a yet-to-be determined site.
The transfer of courses from Milperra to other WSU campuses will begin as early as next year.
Professor Glover says the Milperra campus will be closed by 2021 and redeveloped for purposes "other than education".
The University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Canterbury Bankstown Council to develop a vertical campus, similar to that under construction at Liverpool and due to be completed in February next year. However, no timeframe has been given on the completion of a Bankstown CBD campus.
"The University's investment in developing campuses that are truly embedded in western Sydney's central business districts, marks an important new era in how we deliver teaching and research, and how we engage with the community," Professor Glover said.
A report by Deloitte Access Economics reveals that Western Sydney University's presence in the CBDs of Bankstown and Liverpool will make a $54 million contribution to the local economy and at the same time, bring efficiencies in terms of campus operating costs.
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