Sharing best practice with the University of Wollongong, Australia

The University of Kent were delighted to welcome the University of Wollongong to our Canterbury campus on Friday 14 October, with a view to sharing best practice in ‘campus master planning’. Senior staff and students from the Australian University visited Kent as part of a wider global tour, identifying key universities that have demonstrated innovation in campus master planning and a deliberate approach to using place to improve the student experience.

The group toured the campus, noting the developments of the new Sibson Building and the Law Clinic as well as viewing student accommodation. The visitors were particularly excited by the ongoing redevelopment of the Templeman Library.

Senior staff from Wollongong met with the Director of Estates Peter Czarnomski, Director of UELT Louise Naylor and Director of Corporate Communications Posie Bogan. The group discussed the University of Kent’s 50 year master plan and the University of Wollongong’s 20 year master plan, noting key areas of strengths, potential dilemmas, and how these can be mitigated.

Seven students from Wollongong were part of the delegation and the highlight of their day was meeting some of Kent’s current students over lunch, and sharing their university experiences.

Like the University of Kent, in just over 50 years the University of Wollongong has built an international reputation for world-class research, and the University currently ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world.