Property disruptor Celestino and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will today formally announce a new partnership that is set to give the university a Western Sydney footprint and a platform for a world-leading approach to higher education.

Click here to listen to Celestino CEO, John Vassallo and UTS Vice Chancellor & President, Attila Brungs talk about the partnership.

The agreement gives UTS a major presence at Celestino’s Sydney Science Park and paves the way for a series of new programs that encourage a seamless connection between education, the community and business.

“We are delighted to be forming this close collaboration with UTS as a key element of our vision for Sydney Science Park,” said John Vassallo, CEO of Celestino. 

“Education is a core pillar of our ambition to create an innovation ecosystem; clustering together industry, researchers and education providers with the community from the start. When we create links with partners that share the same values and outlook, the possibilities are endless,” he said.

Joining the launch of the partnership, the Hon. Stuart Ayres, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney said: “The future of Sydney is West. Education and jobs – the likes of which we can’t even conceive of yet - will drive our community forward and it’s visionary projects like Sydney Science Park that will underpin a thriving future Western Sydney.”

UTS Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Attila Brungs said the partnership had the chance to break new ground in the approach to higher education.

“Celestino and Sydney Science Park is working with us in a very different way. This partnership makes education a fundamental part of the workforce.”

“Nowhere in the world, is there a model where a university, a property owner and developer like Celestino, and industry are designing an ecosystem from the ground up, that allows people to learn at school through the workforce and all the way through their career – it’s a totally integrated approach,” he said.

Professor Brungs said the Celestino partnership was part of the UTS 2027 Strategy, where the university would invest in supporting opportunities in Western Sydney through soft infrastructure, programs and partnerships but without actually building whole new campuses.

One of the key projects for the partnership is working with research organisations, industry and local schools to create the Sydney Science Park International STEM Centre of Excellence. This will equip teachers with advanced STEM capabilities; improve industry, vocational and tertiary education participation; and integrate with STEM students and schools creating platforms to meet future real-world opportunities and challenges.

Professor Brungs said UTS was looking forward to building research capability in Western Sydney. This would include the UTS Centre of Innovation for Autonomous Mobility Services – which will feature the alphaCabs project: providing an autonomous mobility service for Sydney Science Park and Drones as a service project: a world first to test fully autonomous drones in an urban environment.

To be announced at the state-of-the-art 9000sqm UTS Tech Lab in Botany this afternoon at 2.30pm (Tuesday August 27), the agreement will transform opportunities for educators, students, researchers and industry in Sydney’s West.