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The Parramatta River

Our vision for a Parramatta/Westmead campus

The University of Sydney has a once-in-a-century opportunity to build a multidisciplinary education and research campus in the heart of Western Sydney.

We have been chosen by the NSW Government to develop a campus on a Parramatta River site, based on our status as a top-100 global university.

The campus will build on our 40-year history at Westmead Hospital, and our 80-year history in Western Sydney, but our vision is broader than medicine and health. As the educational anchor for the Government's Westmead Health and Innovation District, we aspire to create a genuinely multidisciplinary major campus that enables new partnership and innovation opportunities for all of Sydney

Why Parramatta/Westmead?

By 2050 more than 4 million people will live in Western Sydney. The NSW Government’s ambitions for Sydney to become a metropolis of three cities will mean Sydney’s second CBD in Parramatta will continue to expand.

As the population grows, and as educational attainment levels increase in these areas, we will have access to an increasing number of high-quality students.

The changing shape of Sydney

  • The centre of gravity is shifting west with 4 million people set to call Western Sydney home by 2050.
  • Between 2015 and 2020, 65 percent of new jobs in Parramatta will be in knowledge-based areas.
  • There is huge investment in economic and social infrastructure, with plans for a second airport, Parramatta light rail and Metro West underway.

Development of the campus

Our modelling shows that, pending final agreement around the size and timings of the campus development, by the middle of the century, we will have:

  • created 20,000 knowledge-intensive jobs
  • more than 25,000 students
  • around 2400 affordable accommodation places
  • 1000 academic and researcher roles
  • contributed $60 billion to the NSW economy
  • built a vibrant 24/7 destination with medical, sports, arts and cultural amenities, and onsite start up and industry activities.

World-class new university campus at Parramatta/Westmead

NSW Government and University of Sydney sign framework agreement

A world-class multi-disciplinary university campus will be able to be delivered within the Westmead Health and Innovation District with the signing of a framework agreement between the NSW Government and the University of Sydney.

Universities launch new report card on western Sydney

Collaborating on a shared vision for greater Sydney

The Universities of Sydney and Western Sydney release recommendations on developing an education, health and research global centre of excellence, through their Vision for the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula (GPOP).