Students Upset Over Sydney Art School Merger Plan

June 22, 2016

Students have expressed outrage over the University of Sydney's plan to close its arts campus and move students to the University of New South Wales as part of a planned merger agreement between the two institutions scheduled to take effect at the beginning of the 2017 academic year, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Michael Spence, the vice chancellor of the University of Sydney, said that the strengths of the two institutions in the visual arts “can be enhanced through a greater concentration of students and resources, with the result being better visual arts education and research outcomes.” But some students have characterized the merger as "either a downsize or the end of visual arts at the University of Sydney."

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