Uni opens nation’s leading teaching hub
THE chalk and board approach to learning has been swapped for the latest technology as the University of the Sunshine Coast forges the way for new health care professionals.
More than 100 people attended the official opening of the university's new Learning and Teaching Hub at Sippy Downs yesterday.
With the Oceanside Health precinct looming at Kawana, the university's new teaching and midwifery building will set students up with the best in learning techniques for a career in health.
The three-storey, $33 million building was funded by USC, the Federal Government and TAFE Queensland.
It has lecture theatre rooms, study areas, cutting-edge simulation technology and fully equipped nursing wards.
"Right now USC has the best facilities for nursing students in all of Australia," Vice-Chancellor Greg Hill said.
"Not only are the simulation labs in this building and Gympie better designed and more user-friendly and better appointed than else
where, but they also are supported by nursing and midwifery staff who have embraced the opportunities provided to them.
"This is a coming of age for USC as we've demonstrated we can compete on a national stage,'' Professor Hill said.
"It's a great outcome not just for us but for the entire region.''
The university has 900 nursing and midwifery students.