The Federal Government and the University of Melbourne have co-launched a suite of new, custom designed learning facilities.


Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr opened three of the new facilities at the University which are linked to the University’s Graduate Schools of Education, Science and Land and Environment.


“The Australian Government supports infrastructure development through the Education Investment Fund (EIF), enabling Australian academics to deliver lasting returns to the Australian community. They develop their skills and expertise in learning environments designed for the specific needs of professional graduate programs,” Senator Carr said. 


The over $16.2 million EIF funding for Graduate Learning Spaces has enabled the University of Melbourne to fast track a major capital works program to turn more than 13,000 m2 of traditional facilities into an integrated suite of contemporary teaching and learning spaces.


“Since 2008, more than $4 billion has come from the EIF to transform vocational education and training, higher education and research infrastructure, benefiting students, staff, researchers and, ultimately, the nation,” Senator Carr said.


The University of Melbourne has received funding for a number of projects under the Education Investment Fund, including $90 million for the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and over $17.5 million for the Centre for Neural Engineering.


An EIF Regional Priorities Round will open later this year, with a $500 million program of investment in world-class teaching, training and research facilities.