Land Information Minister Michelle Roberts today officially opened the Spatial Sciences Studio at Curtin University, Bentley.
“The new state-of-the-art computer laboratory is an ideal learning centre, which will provide access to the latest satellite technology for students currently studying geography in Western Australia,” Mrs Roberts said.
The Minister said the State Government had provided $430,000 over five years to support the development of the Spatial Sciences Studio.
“There is a need to attract more people to this rapidly growing field,” she said.
“Without spatial scientists we would not have Global Positioning Systems in our cars, iPods and phones, or access to internet technology like Google Earth.”
Mrs Roberts said she was particularly pleased that the centre provided an opportunity for indigenous students to engage in the study of spatial sciences.
Curtin University Professor Jane den Hollander said the brilliant design of the new studio provided the opportunity for Curtin to attract more domestic and international students, and to showcase the research and teaching expertise of the university.
“Students will now find themselves studying in a friendlier and more aesthetically pleasing environment with access to cutting edge technology,” Professor den Hollander said.
Mrs Roberts said the new centre was a result of a strategic alliance between the State Government and Curtin University.
“The studio is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to the future of spatial sciences in WA,” she said.
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