University of Queensland Creates Hub For Business Learning At New City Site

The University of Queensland’s MBA cohort will soon have access to a brand new multimillion-dollar education precinct called UQ Brisbane City.

The university recently launched their new city site at 293 Queen Street, Brisbane – a 91-year-old heritage-listed building that was repurposed to provide contemporary, accessible and functional spaces for learning, collaborating and doing business.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the exceptional learning and meeting space would be a unique place where students could innovate and interact with industry, government and alumni.

“Our new site presents a rare shopfront in the business world, improving access to professional development opportunities for current and future students and confirming UQ’s position at the forefront for learning and networking in a globalised economy,” Professor Høj said.

“Like our graduates who create change in their workplaces and communities, UQ has reimagined how higher education can be experienced and now we are delivering it differently.”

The University’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law will operate the new facility and welcome UQ’s MBA and postgraduate business programs and executive education courses from this month.

One of the key new features of the building was a refurbishment of the ground floor and levels six and seven. These three floors were purposed for students, alumni, partners and staff to have direct opportunities to connect with key decision makers and influencers.

New additions to these floors include a new café (on the ground floor), a business hub and meeting spaces for business interaction (seventh floor), and functional facilities to teach UQ’s business, economics and law postgraduate programs and executive education courses.

According to the architects who helped design the building’s refurbishment, the ultimate goal was to blur the lines between school and workplace, creating a simulation – of sorts – that would immerse business students in an environment not unlike many around the world.

The site will be officially opened in February 2018.

 

Images and video courtesy of University of Queensland.

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