University council passes milestone proposals
The University of Wollongong Council last week passed two milestone proposals – its 2013-18 Strategic Plan and the Faculty Restructure Plan.
The decision is the culmination of nine months of thematic reviews, collaborative development and an intensive period of final consultation. Staff, student and alumni feedback was instrumental in shaping the final proposals.
The Strategic Plan for 2013-18 sets a target for the University to reach a position in the top 1 per cent of world universities. It currently holds a top 2 per cent spot.
UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said a place in the top 1per cent of universities will advance UOW’s capacity to attract highly qualified staff and students.
“This will, in turn, bring the recognition, skills and partnerships to enrich further the quality and impact of our research and teaching,” he said.
“Moreover, it will boost our capacity to open up opportunities for student access and contribute to regional developments.”
Professor Wellings said among the challenges facing the University over the next five years was the need to refocus and re-invigorate the academic profile, deliver and grow UOW’s off-shore international program and to build and leverage partnerships for mutual benefit – including a lifelong engagement with the University’s alumni.
Council approved a new faculty structure to take forward the strategic agenda. The following five faculties will take shape from 2013:
• Engineering and Information Sciences
• Law, Humanities and the Arts
• Science, Medicine, and Health
• Social Sciences
Professor Wellings said that while some staff roles may need to change, positions would not be lost overall. The Vice-Chancellor will be moving to appoint the Executive Deans for the five faculties in the latter part of November.
The Vice-Chancellor issued a reassurance that the student experience would not be any different next year with degree programs, processes and services operating as usual.
Professor Wellings commended staff, students and alumni for their active participation and good ideas.
“I believe we have together created a challenging plan and a strong model for achieving it,” he said.
Click here to view the Strategic Plan.