Construction has commenced on the University of New England’s new $27 million Agricultural Education Building, (AEB).
UNE Chancellor, James Harris, turned the first sod on the new development today saying the project strengthens UNE’s world class reputation in research and teaching in agricultural and animal sciences.
“The AEB will deliver a significant boost to UNE’s research capabilities and will include state-of-the-art teaching facilities, ensuring our students remain at the forefront of agricultural and environmental practice in Australia and around the world,” Mr Harris said.
UNE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan said the facility is part of a $46 million expansion in UNE’s agricultural research and teaching capabilities.
“The new facility will include 17 specialised laboratories and sound-proofed and temperature controlled work rooms for researchers and students. The multi-discipline Zoology Teaching museum and Resource Centre will also offer exciting opportunities for the community, particularly for school students in the region” Professor Duncan said.
The construction of the Agricultural Education Building is part of UNE’s multi-million dollar Integrated Agricultural Education Project.
Construction is due for completion by the end of 2015.
This project is an initiative of the Australian Government as part of the Education Investment Fund.