Australian Catholic University’s new St Teresa of Kolkata building in Melbourne was described as a “game changer” at its official opening and blessing.
Speaking at the event, Vice-Chancellor and President Zlatko Skrbis said the new building had quickly become the central focus of the vibrant Melbourne campus.
“This building is indeed a game changer for ACU in Melbourne, signifying a step-change in the way we think about educational environments on all of our campuses,” Professor Skrbis said.
“It is a meeting place that brings together our students, our staff and our communities, enhancing their engagement and connectedness.
“It is a place of knowledge, where our people can engage in intellectual pursuits that serve and benefit others, and where they can learn, teach and research in a manner that reflects our institution’s Catholic identity.”
Professor Skrbis said the building honours ACU’s commitment to environmental responsibility, with excellent sustainable-design principles to reduce its overall environmental impact.
Officially opening the new building, ACU Chancellor Martin Daubney said it embraced history, honouring the university’s faith-based roots with substance and style.
“Not only is it named after St Teresa of Kolkata, it also stays true our Catholic character through its design, which references the nearby St Patrick’s Cathedral and integrates brilliantly with the heritage-listed Mary Glowrey Building to create a distinct shape for our Melbourne campus,” he said.
“The goal was to create an environment that improves the learning and teaching experience, providing state-of-the-art facilities to bring together students, staff and community, ensuring that our university continues to thrive and prosper in the years to come.”
Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli presided over the blessing. The event was also attended by ACU staff, students, members of senate and industry partners.