The University of Sydney has begun construction on a new, $42 million state-of-the-art facility which will house the School of Information Technologies.
Due for completion in March 2006, the facility will be used for a range of research activities covering information visualization, multimedia, language and knowledge management, and biomedical as well as networks and systems.
Measuring some 10,000 square metres, it will have four floors dedicated to research while the top floor has been allocated for industry partners. Its plans boast specialist laboratories and a lecture theatre for 50 students.
Sydney University's School of IT now has 100 PhD candidates and 300 postgraduate students. In 2005, there were about 530 undergraduate students enrolled in specialist IT degrees, with many more students enrolled in general IT subjects.