As I began my third year at the University of Canberra today, I thought it was an appropriate moment to reflect back on my time here and also to look ahead.

To say that the past two years have been busy and full of activity would be an understatement. We’ve gone through a lot and accomplished much together: The University has been thoroughly restructured and refocused to meet the challenges and seize opportunities that lie ahead; we have a new strategic plan–Distinctive by Design–and have already made much progress toward our next set of ambitious goals, especially in creating a tighter teaching-research nexus; university-wide revitalisation of curriculum that is now in final stages; launching a major workforce renewal campaign; introducing a co-designed performance-management framework; establishing new international partnerships and raising international student enrolment; major advances in campus development; redoubled focus on student satisfaction, experiential learning and entrepreneurship; and stabilising the University’s financial position despite a challenging 2017-MYEFO. There is much more…

These are your successes and achievements, founded on the plans and initiatives collectively conceived and implemented by you. Many thanks!

Look around and you will notice that one salient feature of institutions that achieve greatness is that their members understand and commit to a long-term vision and mission. Great institutions are built by the hard work of multiple generations. While tactics may change, the vision remains largely consistent. We have experimented with various options over the past 28 years, but the time has now come for us to make that much-needed long-term commitment. I believe that we have collectively laid down this vision in Distinctive by Design and Belinda Robinson, our new Vice-President of University Relations and Strategy, is now leading an exciting project to develop a crisp and short statement that we can all own as the proverbial mantra of our shared identity and aspirations.

Happy second anniversary of our time together! Let’s move forward with resolve.

5 comments on “Year three begins… with much to look forward to

  • Dear Deep,

    We wish you all the best for 2019 on behalf of our UC students in Brisbane.

    Our students, many of whom have come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds through the TAFE system, are so thrilled to be UC university students. They are not only achieving academically but are whole-heartedly embracing the UC university life we are creating for them – the clubs, the study groups, the formal balls, the life-changing study tours and the burgeoning Honours program.

    With little to no marketing, we have over 500 enrolments in Brisbane. The UC brand is infiltrating Brisbane high schools with teachers emailing us for further information on UC programs. They are hearing from their own pupils about our current students’ fantastic university experiences; good news travels fast through Facebook.

    Queensland universities have also expressed an interest in the work we are doing up here. Griffith University, in particular, invited our students to present their Honours papers at the AUC Createworld Conference in November for the second year running. Such a vibrant and growing academic community suddenly coming to an end will devastate our students. TAFE Queensland CEO, Mary Campbell, has assured us that if UC were willing to continue the partnership she would be 100% behind it. All it would take is a phone call or email to keep this ball rolling and continue to sustain a rich academic future for our loyal UC cohort of students and this highly successful inter-institutional partnership.

    All the best for the holiday season and I only hope for the brightest of futures with your excellent institution.

    Academic Staff
    The UC/TAFE Brisbane Partnership

  • Congrats. I hope we can improve our ranking in research as well. Being 2nd last in research in Australia is not good. Teaching workload for staff who are capable of doing good quality research are significantly higher than any other academic institution in the region.

  • Happy third year and second anniversary! Looking forward to the ship stabilising a little with many more exciting projects on the horizon.

  • Happy second anniversary! Lots of positives did take place over the last two years and still many challenges ahead. Awaiting for more and more! It is a big load! Good luck!

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