Torrens University Launches New Campus In Iconic Wakefield Street Building

Today saw the official commemorative launch of the new Torrens University Wakefield Street Campus located in iconic South Australian building – the old Menz Biscuit Factory – this university promises students something different.

Linda Brown, Douglas Becker, The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Professor Justin Beilby and Michael Mann AM.

Linda Brown, Douglas Becker, The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Professor Justin Beilby and Michael Mann AM.

Torrens University Australia, part of Laureate International Universities, today celebrated a significant run of ‘firsts’ since operations commenced in January 2014 – spanning collaborations, student outcomes and innovations – at the commemorative launch of its new Adelaide campus on Wakefield Street.

Capping off what has been a short period full of achievements, Torrens University also announced a trifecta of new industry partnerships with the Real Madrid Graduate School, Chifley Business School and Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) – which will result in a raft of new, industry-aligned courses being offered to students. These collaborations follow the University’s partnership with New Zealand’s award-winning Media Design School to create Media Design School at Torrens University Australia, announced late last year.

“Since welcoming its first cohort of students 18 months ago, Torrens University has celebrated an array of major milestones and key announcements, and these latest partnerships demonstrate the University’s ongoing commitment to innovation and collaboration with leading organisations and institutions to create courses which enhance the learning experience, employability and career progression of our students,” explained Torrens University Vice Chancellor, Professor Justin Beilby.

In an Australian first, the University’s new partnership with Real Madrid Graduate School to deliver a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sports Management, will earn its graduates a joint degree from both Torrens University and the Real Madrid Graduate School-Universidad Europea, recognised internationally. The course will incorporate two weeks behind-the-scenes work experience with Real Madrid Football Club in Spain.

The collaboration with the renowned BMIHMS will provide the opportunity for hospitality students to jointly undertake a MBA with Torrens University – to deliver enriched courses which integrate business strategy and management for the international hotel and hospitality industry.

The University’s acquisition of the internationally-recognised Chifley Business School (CBS), to form Chifley Business School at Torrens University Australia will leverage CBS’ two-decades of experience, 10,000+ network of alumni and long-standing relationship with Professionals Australia – with its 25,000+ members and wider network of 750,000+ professional association members – to deliver a suite of industry-aligned programs geared towards the professional leaders and innovators of tomorrow. Inaugural courses to be offered by Chifley Business School at Torrens University Australia include a MBA and Master of Global Project Management.

Commenting on student outcomes achieved during the period, Professor Beilby said: “Since operations commenced, we have seen our students work alongside and meet global leaders, undertake a full trimester of study abroad in Malaysia, embark on industry work-placements, secure employment and career progression opportunities, and most recently -celebrating our first cohort of postgraduate graduands.”

In addition to dignitaries including The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, and Mr Martin Haese, Lord Mayor, The City of Adelaide, Mr Douglas Becker, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Laureate International Universities, was also in attendance at the commemorative launch and said: “The inspiration for creating Torrens University came from the rising importance of Asia and the vital role Australia plays in this region, together with the vision of building a new university uniquely designed for today’s students, integrating technology, flexibility, collaboration, global perspective and workplace skills in every aspect of learning.”

“It is incredibly gratifying to be here today to see this vision being brought to life at Torrens University Australia, to celebrate the significant accomplishments achieved in this short period of time, and to see firsthand the contribution this new University is making to enhance Australia’s credentials as a leading education hub in the Asia Pacific region,” Mr Becker added.

With a focus on flexibility, the new Wakefield Street campus’ learning spaces have been designed for collaboration, community interaction and industry engagement. Features include: open work areas; operable walls to quickly create different zones; a digital entry wall to stream live news, events and student work; and unique customisable business ‘pods’ – where graduates can begin their own business or social enterprise and industry partners can be actively involved with students’ creative ventures.

In addition to its new Adelaide campus, Torrens University has further expanded its presence in Australia with the opening of new campuses in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne – to the benefit of both local and international students, with the University welcoming its first on-campus international students this year.

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