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Wollongong university’s ambitious plan revealed

The University of Wollongong has grand plans for the future.

THE University of Wollongong (UOW) has released details of its draft Strategic Plan for the next five years. The plan builds on the developments at UOW over the past two decades.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said a place in the top one per cent of the world’s universities will advance Wollongong’s capacity to attract highly qualified staff and students that will, in turn, bring the recognition, skills and partnerships to enrich further the quality and impact of research and teaching.

“Moreover, it will boost our capacity to open up opportunities for student access and contribute to regional developments.”

Professor Wellings said earning and maintaining a place in the top one per cent  will make a more resilient university, able to negotiate the rapidly changing global higher education environment.

He said UOW could already be labelled Australia’s enterprising university enjoying a global presence and making significant contributions to our regions.

The Vice-Chancellor said to achieve aspects of the revitalisation program a reorganisation of existing faculties and administrative centres would be required. He said among the challenges facing the University over the next five years was the need to refocus and re-invigorate the academic profile and align it to research initiatives, deliver and grow an off-shore international program and to build and leverage partnerships for mutual benefit – including a lifelong engagement with the University’s alumni.

The proposed reorganisation will create five faculties from the existing 11:

• Arts, Humanities and Law

• Engineering and Physical Sciences

• Human and Social Sciences

• Medical and Life Sciences

• Sydney Business School

In 2012, UOW was ranked in the top two per cent of research universities and as one of the leading newer universities in the world.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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