The building was designed by UK architect Heatherwick Studio, who were responsible for the London Olympic Cauldron. And it was fabulous.
It features 56 'smart' classrooms equipped with flexible clustered seating, electronic white boards and multiple LCD screens. The building as a whole has plenty of light and plenty of greenery - and is full of interesting nooks and crannies where learning has a good chance of taking place.
I took a bit of time to adjust to the multiple screens: it was hard to know which one to speak to! But after a career largely spent teaching in long, thin rooms with a long,thin boardroom table and no natural lighting, I was both comfortable and impressed.
The talk was for postgraduate students from a range of disciplines from psychology to engineering. There were two parts: Getting Published and Beefing Up Your Manuscript.
It was organised by the university's library and Taylor and Francis Asia Pacific, publishers of Winning the Publications Game.
'Beautifully written ... a rare good autobiography'
A cub on the moor: a short talk on life as a country reporter in the 1970s. Available for Rotary Clubs, Probus, U3A and other groups.
Winning the publications game: the groundbreaking book on writing scientific papers