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Sydney’s Tech Central will become a hub of creativity and learning following an AUD$10 million investment made by the University of Technology Sydney. Photo: Florian Groehn

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences have partnered to create an immersive education and professional hub for the Australian fashion and design industry.

Known as the Creative Industries Academy, the hub is the latest initiative that brings together education and industry in Sydney’s rapidly developing Tech Central precinct.

“The potential to share facilities and generate collaborations between students, researchers, museum staff and creative industries residents will elevate the creative output of the entire precinct,” says UTS vice-chancellor and president, professor Andrew Parfitt. 

The partnership will expand research and development across the creative sector and give university students the opportunity to plan and deliver major exhibitions alongside creative professionals. The hub’s location in Tech Central is key to connecting industry professionals with students from nearby universities.

Tech Central is Australia’s newest innovation precinct, bringing together education, creativity and technology across six neighborhoods at the southern end of Sydney’s central business district, including UTS’s home suburb of Ultimo.

“Tech Central is fast emerging as a world-class research and commercialization hub,” says UTS deputy vice-chancellor of enterprise, professor Glenn Wightwick.

The partnership with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is one of a number of collaborations that UTS has recently established within the Tech Central precinct. Other initiatives include the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion and Textiles, a UTS and TAFE NSW partnership focused on the latest advances in sustainable fabrication, cutting and production.

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