Western Sydney in Australia, part of the Macarthur region in the southwest, will be home to a world-class center for medical research thanks to an AU$26 million gift from property magnate Lang Walker to Western Sydney University (WSU).
This represents the largest cash injection in WSU’s history and goes toward the vision of this area as a dynamic, exciting hub of medical research and education.
Transforming Campbelltown Hospital
The local press reported that the center will transform the Campbelltown Hospital into an internationally-engaged research nexus supporting greater scientific, clinical, and industry collaborations.
WSU and Walker Group
The donation comes via a partnership with WSU and Walker Group. Part of this effort includes the development of the university’s new vertical campus in the Bankstown central business district.
Opening Date: 2022
The center will open in 2022. The new center includes a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center which can accommodate up to 12,000 students.
About the Walker Family
They have a long history of investing in medical research, including past efforts such as the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney’s inner city. Mr. Walker is an advocate and supporter of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation in Brisbane, the Young Endeavor Youth Scheme, and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. The billionaire businessman was recognized for his philanthropic contributions with an Order of Australia in 2015. They will invest AU$20 million in the medical research center, which now has an AU$50 million price tag.
Other groups involved include the South Western Sydney Local Health District, the Ingham Institute, and UNSW Sydney.