THE eyes of Australia and the world are on the University of Tasmania this week as part of discussions around higher education infrastructure and its transition to inner-city spaces.
The inaugural University of Tasmania Symposium is being held across the state this week, with discussions taking place at its Melville St accommodation building, Government House, Mona and at the North and North-West campuses.
Panel discussions surround the role of universities in communities, outlining the economic and social benefits of higher education and its related infrastructure for economies in transition.
It will also showcase some best practice examples presented by speakers from around Australia and overseas. Six vice-chancellors from Australian universities as well as representatives from the nation’s major university groups and the higher education sector will attend the symposium.
Also coming will be University of North Carolina system president Tom Ross.
University of Tasmania vice-chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen said he would discuss the $400 million STEM project set for the corner of Argyle and Melville streets in Hobart’s CBD, as well as its Melville St accommodation building and