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New Centre to boost student experience in the north

15 Feb 2012

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) launched a major new piece of educational infrastructure for Melbourne's northern suburbs this morning.The Institute's new Epping campus Student Centre was officially opened by the Hon. Peter Hall (MLC), Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills and Minister Responsible for the Teaching Profession.

“The opening of the new Epping Student Centre marks the completion of our Epping Stage 1 Redevelopment as part of the Epping Campus Masterplan. The redevelopment is part of NMIT's commitment to ensuring that the campus is able to meet the growing demand for vocational training in one of Victoria's fastest expanding regions - the Whittlesea growth corridor,” said NMIT Deputy CEO and Director - Programs, David Draper.

The event was attended by approximately 80 guests representing NMIT staff and Board members, local industry, the City of Whittlesea, the Victorian Government, builders and architects. Also attending were the Member for Mill Park, Lily D'Ambrosio, and Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, as well as newly appointed NMIT CEO, Dr Andy Giddy, who takes over from current CEO, Brian MacDonald at the end of February. Mr MacDonald is retiring after leading the Institute through 24 years of continual growth to become the largest provider of vocational education in Melbourne's north.

The Epping Student Centre includes a number of key facilities and services for students at NMIT's Epping campus including:

• a new library complex
• a student computer laboratory
• a fully equipped gymnasium with change and shower facilities
• new general purpose student areas.

“The new centre will service a campus student population of approximately 3,700 VET and Higher Education students studying certificate to bachelor degree level qualifications,” said Mr Draper. “Our Epping campus offers a wide selection of disciplines ranging from Agriculture and Land Management, Equine Studies, and Painting and Decorating to Accounting, Farriery and Meat Processing to name just a few.”

The new Centre will house the main reception area for the Epping campus and is now the dominant feature on the campus's Dalton Road frontage.

The new gymnasium will also be available for use by the general public and further information on opening hours, costs and facilities are available by emailing .

The Epping Student Centre forms the second element of a $10.5 million Epping campus stage 1 Redevelopment following the relocation of NMIT's Painting and Plastering Centre from the Institute's Heidelberg campus to Epping in 2009. The Epping Stage 1 Redevelopment was fully funded by the Victorian Government.

The Centre was designed by Paul Morgan Architects and built by Devco Construction and Management. “The design brief challenged the designers to create an iconic building that would not only serve as a multi-function student resource facility but stand as the main gateway to the Epping campus,” said Mr Draper. “To this end the new Student Centre represents the beginning of a new era for NMIT's Epping campus and for vocational education in Melbourne's north.”

Dynamic sculpture unveiled to celebrate new centre's opening

To celebrate the opening of the new Epping Student Centre, NMIT unveiled an inspiring work of art during the official opening ceremony.

'Myth 2' by New South Wales sculptor, Paul Dimmer, is constructed from hundreds of metal spanners to depict a show jumping horse in full stride and draws inspiration from ancient Roman and Greek imagery. The work conveys a powerful sense of strength and energy and, fittingly, represents the creative arts, traditional trades and primary industries - all core program areas delivered by NMIT.


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.