Flinders links to business at Tonsley

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City Limits Magazine October 2014 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.

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Flinders University is set to bring higher education to the City of Marion for the first time when it unveils its new $120 million state-of-the-art facility at Tonsley next year.

Flinders at Tonsley will be the new home of the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics and will deliver experiential learning and social innovation while inspiring students.

Flinders at Tonsley will add value to the Tonsley precinct, which is rapidly developing as a high-value industry, education and residential precinct.

Collaboration and entrepreneurship will be at the heart of the university’s activities and Flinders’ New Venture Institute, Medical Device Research Institute, Flinders Partners, Southern Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology will also be based on the 61-hectare site.

City Limits - Oct 14 - Issue 46 - Flinders at TonsleyVice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber said Flinders at Tonsley will be a focus for the university’s teaching of computer science, engineering and mathematics, advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship, research commercialisation, and business collaborations.

“We share the SA Government’s vision for Tonsley to become the lynchpin of the state’s high-value manufacturing future and look forward to seeing the precinct attract the private and public sector support required to achieve that goal,” Professor Barber said.

“Tonsley offers an opportunity to deliver an exciting new community concept into Adelaide’s South.

“Flinders envisages housing options for students, site employees, families, people with disabilities and older people, combined with disability care and aged care to create a shared space known for its teaching, innovation, research and entrepreneurship – inspiring students to work in aged care, disability care and associated services.”

One hundred and fifty staff and 2000 students will be housed in the university’s new 18,000 sq m facility which will include 28 specialised
laboratories for disciplines including biomedical, civil, electrical, electronic, mechanical and software engineering.

Students will enjoy “hands-on” experiences with heavy engineering equipment in a 2000 sq m “pod” which will also feature workshops and laboratories focusing on courses and research programs in civil, mechanical and maritime engineering.

An integral part of studying engineering at Flinders will be the opportunity to experience employment first hand with a 20-week “work-integrated learning” (WIL) placement.

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