A CHILDCARE office will host the first lecture of the University of Notre Dame's postgraduate business courses at Norwest Business Park on February 26.
The Cubbyhouse Child Care office at Castle Hill is one of five businesses to volunteer space for classes to be held, as the university does not have a permanent campus at the Bella Vista site.
Dean of business at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Geoff Morris, said many people had enrolled part-time in graduate diplomas and masters degrees in business, marketing, management and human resources.
"The interesting thing is this is a community base which has said we really want this service here," he said.
"We've also got quite a few people signed up for doctoral programs — both a doctor of business administration and a PhD."
Baulkham Hills state MP David Elliott said the annexe graduate school would make Norwest — which is visited by about 30,000 workers each day and only two-thirds complete — a more appealing place for professional development.
"A lot of people are able now to put the fact that these course are on offer locally as an added attraction for retaining and recruiting staff," he said.
Adjunct professor Jim Taggart spearheaded the campaign for a university in north-west Sydney along with Mr Elliot and Hills mayor Michelle Byrne. He said he was "chuffed" that a local and flexible university education was now available to Hills residents.
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