Treasurer praises business school’s new home

NSW Treasurer Mike Baird described the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School as the best located university facility in Australia when he opened its new premises at Circular Quay.

Mr Baird was opening the Sydney Business School campus on two floors in the Gateway building at 1 Macquarie Place, overlooking Sydney harbour in the heart of the state capital’s financial district.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education Gabrielle Upton also attended the opening, held on Wednesday (July 27)

The Sydney Business School is the University of Wollongong’s Graduate School of Business. It was established in 1997 and operates from two premises – at the University’s Innovation Campus in Wollongong and in the Sydney CBD. It recently moved from Liverpool St near Hyde Park to the larger premises at Circular Quay to better cater for its 650 students in Sydney.

Mr Baird was full of praise for the facilities and their prime location.

“This is undoubtedly Australia’s best located university facility, and it is going to attract students” the Treasurer said.

He said Sydney was the undoubted leader of the financial sector in the Asia-Pacific and that the Sydney Business School had the ability to play a leading part in its future development.

“The role this business school can play in this state is unlimited,” he said.

Mr Baird complimented UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton on UOW’s growth and contribution to the state.

“We have some of the world’s best universities within our state’s boundaries and the University of Wollongong is not only critical to Wollongong, but will play a big role in the future of the state,” he said.

Professor Sutton thanked Mr Baird and praised the NSW Government for appointing Ms Upton as the first Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education, saying it was a welcome initiative for the higher education sector.

Executive Dean of Business Professor John Glynn acknowledged the support he had received from the UOW executive, particularly Professor Sutton and Deputy Vice-Principal (Finance and IT) Damien Israel, for the move to Circular Quay.

About the Sydney Business School:

The Sydney Business School was established in 1997 as an independent faculty that builds on the traditional strength and reputation of the University of Wollongong. The Sydney Business School offers a range of postgraduate programs and professionally focused executive education programs. The courses are offered at teaching facilities in Wollongong, Sydney CBD and Southern Sydney.

The school’s hallmark is a strong focus on leadership and commitment to developing in our students the ability to negotiate complex business environments. We are dedicated to instilling in our students corporate responsibility and sustainability.

The School has a strong and dynamic faculty committed to excellence in teaching and research, and to strengthening our partnerships with industry, business and government. The Sydney Business School has also built a strong research focus with diverse interests across business related disciplines, including health services, supply chain management, business wellbeing and survey research methodology.

Report by Nick Hartgerink

Last reviewed: 27 March, 2014