Foundation stone laid for the Healthcare University on the Healthcare Campus North Rhine-Westphalia

At the end of September on the Healthcare Campus North Rhine-Westphalia, the foundation stone was laid for the new Healthcare University (Hochschule für Gesundheit). The state property management company for NRW (BLB NRW) has invested around 75 million Euros in the two new buildings for the Healthcare University (hsg). The new buildings have a total gross floor space of around 25,000 m² with completion planned for June 2014.

NRW-Science Minister Svenja Schulze, State Secretary Marlis Bredehorst (MGEPA), Lord Mayor Dr. Ottilie Scholz, Professor Dr. Anne Friedrichs (President of the hsg), Arndt Winterer (Head of the LZG NRW) and BLB-Branch Manager Helmut Heitkamp laying the foundation stone. Photo: hsg

Minister Svenja Schulze emphasised that: “In future we need academically educated healthcare personnel. Medical progress is going to happen wherever new innovative care concepts are developed for the benefit of the patients, which means where people are the centre of attention. The Healthcare University of Applied Sciences and its degree courses pay an important contribution towards facing the above-mentioned challenges. Today we are laying down the infrastructure we will need.”

The Healthcare University (hsg) is the first component of the Healthcare Campus (GC) NRW. “Laying this foundation stone and, in particular, when it is moved into in 2014 are two solid signs that the hsg is in the process of winding up its initial set up phase and is beginning to shift over to normal but exciting day-to-day university life,” hsg-president Prof. Dr. Anne Friedrichs explained and continued: “The new hsg building and the events building mean we can fill the Healthcare Campus with life.” The six storey new building for the hsg includes an institute building with offices, seminar and laboratory rooms for ergotherapy, midwifery, speech therapy, nursing and physiotherapy. The neighbouring building is a combined events building. This is home to three lecture theatres and the Audimax, a canteen, a library and a congress area. This means the University can provide space for 1,300 students.

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