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.