The Innovation Campus (iC) is a world-class, award-winning research and commercial precinct developed by the University of Wollongong (UOW) – one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities.
UOW generates around $2 billion in economic activity each year, with most occurring in Wollongong and the surrounding Illawarra Region, so being part of this dynamic University gives iC a clear competitive edge over industrial parks in other cities.
iC is a centre of Australian innovation and research excellence, as home to a number of UOW’s leading research institutes working to develop solutions to some of the great scientific, engineering and social issues of the 21st century. These range from the development of “intelligent” innovative materials with the potential to regenerate damaged human nerves to superconductors that make energy transmission more efficient, to new techniques for sustainable building design and the latest developments in digital media.
iC is also a centre for executive education, as the headquarters for UOW’s Sydney Business School and the ANCORS law centre, an international research and training centre with a strong focus on maritime law.
iC provides high quality commercial office space at highly competitive rents. It has a well-established community of innovative companies that have leased office space in the commercial buildings, attracted by the exceptional campus facilities and the opportunity to co-locate with some of UOW’s leading research institutes. These international, national and regional companies recognise that iC is much more than an industrial park, as it offers significant commercial advantages in connecting with one of Australia’s leading universities for both research partnerships and recruitment of well-trained graduates.
iC is strategically located just an hour south of Sydney International Airport, and close to the Wollongong CBD and the University of Wollongong’s main campus.
It is situated in a beautiful coastal environment on a 33-hectare site, with high quality buildings and a Masterplan that provides the blueprint for well-planned expansion and the roll-out of more exceptional commercial office space over the next decade. Eventually it will be home to around 25 buildings.
The Innovation Campus was established with seed funding from the NSW Government and has received ongoing support from the Australian and NSW Governments as well as Wollongong City Council. In 2011 it was awarded Australia’s Best Business and Industrial Park Development in the National Innovation & Excellence Awards.