Three months ago, the $16 million swimming pool complex at Griffith University earned high praise from Olympic star Libby Trickett. While the pool will host competition swimmers at next year’s Commonwealth Games, the bigger story is the university’s growing role in boosting economic growth and property prices in the Goldie. Griffith University lies in the $1 billion Health and Knowledge Precinct, which will serve as a temporary home for athletes and officials, but after the games, become a permanent home to 2500 residents, and house advanced medical and health facilities, including a 8,500 square meter child zone. Mayor Tom Tate has taken a special interest in ensuring that the uni attracts students from all over the world. A few months ago, the Mayor’s Student Ambassador Program was launched with 30 domestic and international students, its goal being to champion social inclusion and improve relationships between students and the Gold Coast community. Griffith University is an internationally renowned research institution that features in the top 3 percent of universities globally. The Goldie campus has over 18,000 students and state – of – the – art facilities, including the $150 million Griffith Health Centre and the $38 million Griffith Business School. Its reputation is only expected to soar as the precinct takes shape and the buzz of international students and business investments gets louder.