Swinburne University of Technology has welcomed $4 million in funding from the Victorian State Government to support the ongoing work of the Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC).
“We’re delighted to see the Government fully fund its election commitment to provide $1 million each year for KIOSC,” Swinburne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson said.
The high-tech learning centre, located at Swinburne’s Wantirna campus, includes a range of technology-rich collaborative areas, a presentation ‘simulation’ space and several laboratories.
Professor Kristjanson said the educational facility inspires pride in everyone who comes into contact with it.
"It’s giving young people in the Knox area an opportunity to acquire valuable skills as they go through secondary school.
"Importantly, it also gives them a taste for post-secondary education, whether that’s a trade, a vocational qualification or university study.
"It’s a model that is proven and a great foundation on which to build the Tech Schools that the government is committed to expanding.”
KIOSC will be used as a demonstration centre for the establishment of the Tech Schools.
The facility is the result of a unique partnership between the university and the Knox Consortium of Schools, supported by the City of Knox.