As Blacktown City Council ramps up its campaign for a Blacktown CBD University Campus, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has thrown its support behind the move and launched a survey asking local businesses for input.
The ACU intends responding to Council's call for Expressions of Interest for partners interested in creating a multi-faculty university that is at the geographical and cultural heart of Blacktown.
Council has said it wants a university that serves both local and international students, aligns its academic courses with local and international business needs and partners with those businesses to enable future growth. ACU Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Paul Campbell, (pictured at right) last week addressed a group of local businesses during the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber meeting seeking input into the survey.
He said the proposed ACU Blacktown campus would aim to:
meet the needs of the Blacktown student population with a high-quality local university campus and outstanding student experience;
provide local access to short courses and innovative learning pathways to upskill staff in areas such as management, leadership and business skills;
contribute to health and education research and training, and drive growth in the Blacktown region; and
be a true local business partner that is committed to the future of Blacktown and the success of the project.
"To guide our planning and response to the EOI, we would like your opinion and feedback on what you see as key drivers for the ongoing success of your business," he said.
"We welcome all comments and suggestions. It will assist us in shaping a university experience that meets the community and industry needs."
The survey asks businesses to identify their business sector and the university academic disciplines that would be of interest to the business and employees.
It identifies a list of some 45 possible academic disciplines including accounting, agriculture, allied health, building and construction management, communications, computer and IT, creative arts, dentistry, economics, education and training, engineering, finance, hospitality, humanities and social sciences, languages, law, marketing, mathematics, medicine, nursing rehab,tourism and veterinary science.
The survey also asks for suggestions of other disciplines and other uses for the proposed facilities that could benefit business.
The ACU Blacktown University Partner Business Survey can be accessed here.
It must be completed by Friday 2 November 2018.