Today, the Honourable Barnaby Joyce MP, Member for New England and University of New England Chancellor, Mr James Harris officially opened the refurbished UNE Tamworth Centre, with upgraded technology giving students better access to learning facilities.
UNE Vice-Chancellor Annabelle Duncan said the upgraded Centre will offer students access to lectures as they occur, as well as opportunities for group collaboration, direct peer to peer interaction between students and lecturers, and face to face tutoring.
“We undertook this renovation to improve the learning experience for our students in the Tamworth region and to give them enhanced access to technology,” Professor Duncan said.
UNE has had a presence in Tamworth since 1955 providing students across the New England Northwest with a base to meet, study, collaborate and communicate with peers and teachers.
The upgrade to the Fitzroy St Centre is part of UNE’s Integrated Agricultural Education Project (IAEP) with $1.8m in Federal Government funding received through the Education Investment Fund program. In addition $0.7m in funding was received through the Higher Education Participation Program with the Tamworth Regional Council also providing a generous in-kind contribution.
The works to the centre involved remodelling of all student spaces in the Centre and a complete upgrade of the current audio visual system.
“The installation of a 10GB AARNet fibre optic connection allows for high definition video conferencing capability and enables UNE students to collaborate with their peers and teachers wherever they may be in the world.
The Tamworth Centre will continue to be a gateway to learning for the large number of UNE students who live and work across the New England Northwest,” Professor Duncan said.
The University of New England is proud to be part of the Tamworth community and will continue to collaborate with community groups and organisations to host meetings and events in its newly renovated spaces.