The University of Sydney Business School has taken the wraps off its new $250 million state-of-the-art Abercrombie Building giving MBA students access to some of the best learning facilities in the world.
Encompassing more than 9,100 square meters of flexible teaching and learning space, the purpose-designed building will inspire and enable generations of leaders in the business world.
New South Wales Treasurer, Gladys Berejiklian, who opened the facility earlier this month said the facility would become the “heart and soul” of the Business School and the focus of a ground-breaking new approach to business education.
“I applaud the Business School’s vision in preparing for a future of enormous opportunities,” said Ms Berejiklian, “It takes innovation and a unique approach to learning to guide and equip the next generation of leaders for the jobs and economy of the future.”
The Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Belinda Hutchinson AM, described the Abercrombie Building as a “dynamic, state-of-the-art foundation upon which the Business School will continue to build its reputation as a world-class centre for learning and teaching”.
“Students who study in this magnificent building and graduate from the Business School will have a profound impact on the business environment across the Asia–Pacific region and globally in the years and decades to come,” Ms Hutchinson said.
Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell, has described the high-tech 33,000 square metre facility, which now occupies a prime position near the University’s historic main campus, as the “physical manifestation” of the School’s “business not as usual” vision for the future.
“With a focus on cutting-edge research and interactive learning, this building will be a place where we collectively design solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the business world,” he added.
With a trend towards remote learning via online courses, Professor Whitwell acknowledges that “bricks and mortar” facilities “may seem an old fashioned investment”, but argues that “the campus experience should provide a perfect complement to the online world by creating and facilitating hands-on, face-to-face, mutually supportive interactions”.
“This is where students will imagine the next world-changing digital application, where academics will solve poverty through profitability, alumni will mentor the company directors of tomorrow and where we will collectively design solutions to generate better economic and social outcomes,” he said. “This facility is also a welcoming place that lends itself to a very productive engagement with external stakeholders.”
Professor Whitwell went on to say that “one of the most significant aspects of the new building is the way it provides so many more students with spaces where they can study, interact and build a sense of community”.
“In the future, students will be able to spend time together in an informal way. They will be able to exchange ideas, learn from each other and develop bonds that will last a lifetime,” he said. “The Abercrombie Building will give the Business School a heart and a soul and give students and staff a sense of belonging.”