Melbourne Business School to transform Carlton campus

17/06/2016

Melbourne Business School has today announced, it will invest up to $10 million in the first phase to upgrade its Carlton campus to ensure it continues to be a world-class centre for business education in the heart of Melbourne’s knowledge precinct.
 

Located on the edge of the CBD, the campus will be revitalised, with new learning and teaching spaces, student and staff common areas and catering and dining facilities.
 
Melbourne Business School Dean Zeger Degraeve said the School, which is home of Australia’s first internationally ranked MBA program, would bring together its degree and Executive Education program delivery on the one site as part of the project.
 
“This major investment will ensure Melbourne Business School continues to be a truly world-class hub for business education and research, in the heart of Melbourne’s knowledge precinct, better supporting individual and business needs to leverage new opportunities offered in the global economy,” Prof Degraeve said.
 
“The plan will allow the School to leverage proximity to Melbourne’s influential business district, enabling the Melbourne Business School community to hear from business leaders, conduct site visits and also make the most of learning in facilities expressly designed with their needs in mind.”
 
Prof Degraeve said the School would be following a phased approach to the works to minimise disruption.
 
As part of the plan, the School has decided to consolidate its property portfolio and sell its Mt Eliza campus.
 
The School, Australia’s largest and highest ranked university-based provider of Executive Education, has historically used the Mt Eliza campus to deliver Open Executive Education programs and the Executive MBA program.
 
Associate Dean of Executive Education, Guy Saunders, said the new investment aligns with global trends and will support future growth of the School’s Executive Education portfolio in Melbourne and across the Asia-Pacific region. 
 
“Executive Education clients locally, interstate and overseas are looking for business education that is relevant, delivers demonstrable impact and is more accessible to major airports and public transport and ensures they can get back to work and their families sooner, ” said Mr Saunders.
 
“Our Carlton campus is situated in Melbourne’s premier knowledge precinct with unparalleled access to top ASX listed businesses and professional networks and the new investment will enable participants to engage with these in new state of the art facilities and immerse themselves in the vibrant cultural scene of one of the world’s most liveable cities.”
 
It is anticipated the first phase of the project, revitalising a former factory building owned by the School fronting Bouverie Street will be completed in the first half of 2017.
 
Mr Saunders said the new space would be custom designed to meet the needs of executive learning programs, by incorporating flexible spaces and the latest technology to deliver programs that will enable individuals and organisations to make a difference. More information about the School’s plan is available at mbs.edu/carltonhub.
 
Working with our alumni, past participants, staff and experts, the School will investigate how to best capture and preserve the history of the site and its importance to the delivery of executive education and impact that its teaching has had on Australian and international businesses.
 
You can find out more about the campus revisitation at mbs.edu.au/carltonhub.