In an Australian-first, four of NSW’s leading universities are joining forces to create a world-class higher education institution in the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

The MIT-style institution will have a clear focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, with the intention to prepare the people of Western Sydney for the jobs of tomorrow.

Vice Chancellors from the University of Newcastle, University of NSW and University of Wollongong (the NUW Alliance), and Western Sydney University, have signed a Statement of Intent with the NSW Government to deliver the new institution.

Located in the new Aerotropolis precinct, the four universities will create one campus where students will have unparalleled access to industry research, development and employment opportunities.

“The jobs of tomorrow will rely heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so I applaud this great initiative,” says premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“The university project we have announced today is the first of its kind in Australia and the first new university built in Sydney in 50 years.

“It will be a world-class institution bringing together the best and brightest educators to develop our state’s future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. Stage One of the new university will be open by 2026, the same time the new $5.3 billion Commonwealth funded airport is expected to be operational.

“This will transform Western Sydney for generations to come.”