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A university on the Central Coast is a cornerstone of the community's vision for its future. In 2009, as part of the Gosford City Centre Masterplan process, the community identified the need for a university in Gosford, the region’s capital.

Making a positive social and economic impact

It has been established that a university in Gosford’s centre would improve the vibrancy of the city and its region. External studies show that universities are powerful contributors to local economies. 

GOSFORD CAMPUS

The Corporation continues to view education as a key driver for economic growth and vitality within the Central Coast region and supports the establishment of a University of Newcastle campus in Gosford. 

The Corporation has succeeded in partnering with the University of Newcastle and a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Newcastle and Central Coast Regional Development Corporation was announced in 2013 to establish a university presence in the Gosford CBD.

  • There are few if any government activities that would be able to better universities in delivering a positive impact to a regional economy.
  • The Centre for International Economics Canberra & Sydney (1997) found that for every dollar spent by a regional university, an additional dollar is generated for the region.
  • The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ Finance 2010 Report indicates that the average total expenditure of NSW regional universities in 2010 was approximately $300,000,000 per annum.

  • The Allen Consulting Group was engaged to investigate the feasibility of a second university campus on the Central Coast.

The report found a strong case for the extension of higher education provision on the Central Coast, particularly in the form of a university campus in Gosford CBD.

  • A Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Newcastle and Central Coast Regional Development Corporation was announced in 2013 to establish a university presence in the Gosford CBD.
  • The Corporation engaged The Allen Consulting Group to identify and investigate four key issues:
    • developments in the policy environment for Australian higher education;
    • forecasts of regional demand for skills and qualifications;
    • an appropriate course profile and likely enrolment scenarios; and
    • a financial appraisal of the revenue and costs estimates involved.

  • Analysis estimated that an additional 18,000 people with higher education qualifications would be required on the Central Coast by 2021.
  • Four fields of education were identified as those most in need in the region. These were:
    • Nursing 
    • Teaching
    • Management and commerce
    • Social Work