The Morrison Government has thrown its support behind Campion College by committing $5 million towards a building expansion.
Outgoing Education Minister Dan Tehan announced the funding commitment on Thursday while visiting the campus in Toongabbie, in Sydney’s west.
Since opening its doors in 2006, Australia’s first tertiary liberal arts institute has been home to students from Australia and overseas.
The private college, which can house upwards of 70 students on campus, has produced 230 liberal arts graduates who have gone into a variety of professions.
The funding will go towards a $20 million academic centre on campus, including a new library, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms and dining hall, which will double as an event space.
Campion president Paul Morrissey said the Government’s contribution is a crucial step in securing sufficient funding for the expansion of the growing college.
“Campion has grown from a fledgling project into a leading liberal arts institution in Australia, and we’re extremely grateful to Mr Tehan and the Coalition Government for supporting the next stage in Campion’s expansion,” Dr Morrissey said.
“Interest in the liberal arts has blossomed since we opened with just 15 students in 2006, and we’re excited to upgrade our library and dining hall, as well as increase classrooms to support our growing number of students.”
Dr Morrissey said he hoped the new academic centre will be ready to open in 2022.
Government commits $5m towards Campion building expansion (Campion College)