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Dynamic new space for the UniSA Business School

Dynamic new space for the UniSA Business School

If you’ve driven down Adelaide’s North Terrace anytime in the last year or so, it’s unlikely that you missed the city’s new health precinct taking shape. What you may not have noticed was the transformation of one of UniSA City West’s original buildings—Yungondi Building—happening behind the scenes on North Terrace. Level 1 Yungondi was designed to be a world-class student service hub as well as a flexible, next-generation learning, teaching and meeting space for students, staff, alumni, industry and visitors.

This impressive redevelopment mirrors the innovative business culture at the heart of the UniSA Business School, featuring a four-metre dynamic display of ASX and Dow Jones stock market data, videoconferencing-capable meeting rooms, and South Australia’s first simulated trading room, the IRESS Trading Room, which is sponsored by global leader in innovative technologies for the financial sector, IRESS. This new and valuable corporate partnership enables students, researchers and industry to use state-of-the-art technology to engage with the global derivatives trading industry through market simulation programs. Students, as well as alumni associated with the Finance Student Organisation, will be able to access IRESS’s industry-standard software, giving them a distinct competitive industry advantage over other Finance graduates in Australia.

Level 1 Yungondi is marked by its distinctive ticker tape-wrapped North Terrace entrance that leads you into an airy atrium framed by a unique industrial steel beam lighting installation, allowing plenty of natural light to spill through. It is home to a range of key student services that enhance the UniSA learning experience and graduate outcomes for students and alumni—the Business Student Hub, a one-stop shop supporting business students right through to graduation, and the Careers & Engagement Hub, which provides a range of career, alumni, mentor and internship services to students, industry, and government partners.

Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law), says the new learning and engagement spaces in the Yungondi building support the Business School’s growing reputation as a leader in Australian business education.

‘The update has significantly transformed the building. It is a highly professional space that brings a modern business environment onto campus and will encourage conversation and collaboration between business students, our staff, alumni and industry. This new home for the Business School provides us with a material environment that matches the quality and innovation of our business education and research’.

Dynamic new space for the UniSA Business School

The aptly named Enterprise Suite will also host thousands of executives annually for executive education training and networking events, enabling the UniSA Business School to significantly expand our leadership development and executive education in the State. The UniSA Business School’s flagship 5-star MBA program, which was recently ranked in the top ten MBA’s in Australia for the tenth consecutive year by the Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA Rankings, also has a new home in the Yungondi Building.

Mr Peter Stevens, recently appointed Executive Director: MBA & Executive Education, couldn’t be happier with the result.

‘Our MBA has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in Australia for student satisfaction, graduate satisfaction and value for money,’ says Stevens. ‘We now have world class business facilities at the core of our MBA and Executive Education.’

Level 1 Yungondi is just the first phase of a more ambitious capital works project to transform the UniSA Business School’s facilities and services. Phase two, scheduled for completion end 2017, will see the relocation of the Australian Centre for Business Growth, which unlocks the growth potential of Australia’s small and medium enterprises, and enhanced facilities for the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, which grows global brands through evidence-based marketing. Additionally, Level 2 will feature a 20 pax executive education space, the Paul Hughes Room, named in honour of Emeritus Professor Paul Hughes AM, FACE, a Yunkunyatjatjara/Narunnga/Kaurna Aboriginal Australian with a legacy of more than 25 years of pioneering Indigenous education.

Jade O’Donohue, Manager: Strategic Development felt honoured to lead Phase 1 to completion.

‘It has been such a privilege to lead this project. Combined, these works will realise the intent of UniSA’s Crossing The Horizon commitment—to create a high impact, physically and thematically integrated UniSA Business School, and a vibrant hub for the Business School’s students, alumni, industry partners and the wider business community. The Yungondi Building will serve as a front-door to the University’s City West Campus from North Terrace, but more than that, it will become the heart and home of the UniSA Business School.’

If you would like a tour of this impressive facility, please contact the Careers and Alumni Team businessalumni@unisa.edu.au

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