The Gateway Building

Opening an International Gateway to the University of Melbourne

Trinity College strengthens its future as a major player in providing vibrant, collegiate experiences for students with the official opening of its $30m Gateway building.


On Thursday 2 March 2017, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honorable Sir Peter Cosgrove officially opened the Gateway building. The event was attended by over 170 guests and included a number of high profile business leaders, many of whom are Trinity Alumni, high level dignitaries and leading figures within international education.

Trinity College’s Gateway building is a world-class educational facility for Trinity College’s Pathways School, which provides international students a primary pathway into the University of Melbourne, Australia’s number one university.

The Pathways School is the second largest of its kind in Australia, where Trinity College welcomes students from 25 countries with cohorts including China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar.

At the official opening of the Gateway building, the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove stated, ‘This building with all of its glass, wood and metal reinforces what we know to be true as people, education is a pathway to our future. It’s also and should be a pathway to harmony between all people, and that we by embracing different cultures, faiths and worldviews grow closer to each other and less far away from that big wide world.'

Trinity College CEO and Warden, Professor Ken Hinchcliff, said its investment into the Gateway building will allow it to continue playing an integral role in delivering education to international students.

‘We are committed to continuously investing in major infrastructure projects that allow us to enhance the collegiate experience for Trinity College students by providing them with every opportunity to achieve success and create critical and independent thinkers,’ said Professor Hinchcliff. 

The state-of the art facility was designed by Trinity College alumni Craig Brown and Steve McIldowie from McIldowie Partners and built by Kane Constructions. Key features of the Gateway building include 25 tutorial rooms, an auditorium with capacity for 250 people, five drama rooms, an art gallery, six music practice rooms, computer and physics laboratories, archival storage and student common spaces. 

To view photos from the opening click here.