University launches next phase of Growing Esteem strategy

July 15 / 162

A commitment to sustainability and a renewed focus on global engagement with universities, industry and community are at the heart of the Growing Esteem 2015-2020 strategic plan, released last week.

Growing Esteem 2015-2020 is the third iteration of the Growing Esteem strategy since 2005.

Growing Esteem maps out an increased emphasis on international research collaboration with industry and other partners, as well as foreshadowing significant public engagement with communities in Melbourne and Australia.

It builds on the success of the Melbourne Curriculum, with plans to enhance the academic and on-campus experience of students.

The University has also committed to:

-   significantly increase the number of quality student accommodation opportunities

-    improve the number of work-integrated learning experience for students, including internships and university based research projects

-    provide undergraduate students with more opportunities to study a semester abroad

-    offer students greater choice through a more flexible timetable

-    continue to expand opportunities for students from all backgrounds to study at Melbourne, with a particular focus on Indigenous students

-    increase its global reach through the establishment of more MOOCs and the development of a suite of online graduate programs.

Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis has indicated the University will grow its student numbers, “…but only at the right scale to ensure global relevance and influence.”

“There are two key areas where we know we have to expand, and they are science and engineering, as it is clear that we need to grow scale in these areas to be globally competitive.

“There will be some programs in other faculties that may grow at the graduate level,” he said, “but this is going to be done in a targeted and considered way. The development of graduate online programs will also play a part, and create a truly global student cohort that will experience the University in different and exciting ways.”

Professor Davis said the current environment has meant that the University needs to make some big decisions about how it continues to evolve.

“In many ways we are thriving, but this document isn’t about the present. It’s a competitive sector. It’s about asking ourselves what do we need to do to make sure our future is secure, while staying true to the principles we established ten years ago.”

Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis outlines the Strategic Plan in conversation with Virginia Trioli here


For more information please see the Growing Esteem Strategic Plan 2015-20.

Story by David Scott

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