Thursday, December 20, 2012

CQUniversity – the journey from strong to great – 2012 wrap up

Since taking over the reins as Vice-Chancellor of CQUniversity in 2009, I have been focused on working with others to make the University a great university.

In August 2009 CQUniversity embarked on an ambitious Renewal Plan, which outlined possible ways for CQUniversity to become Australia’s most engaged university. The goals of this renewal plan included making the University financially sustainable, making CQUniversity a strong regional university and making CQUniversity one of Australia’s great universities by 2020.

I’m pleased to say that after three years, this vision, which we refer to as ‘From Strong to Great’, is being realised, and 2012 has really set the foundations for a successful future.

The past year has delivered CQUniversity with a number of highlights – some of which include the appointment of a Pro Vice-Chancellor and BMA Chair (Indigenous Engagement), the expansion of our Noosa campus and refurbishment of the Rockhampton Library and Engineering precinct, the establishment of a distance education study centre in Cairns, the opening of a state-of-the-art Health Clinic in Rockhampton and of course recognition of our staff through national teaching awards and competitive grants.

Of course the biggest highlight of 2012 would have to be the approval of the dual-sector merger between CQUniversity and Central Queensland Institute of TAFE, by the Queensland State Government. This is undoubtedly one of the most important events in CQUniversity’s history.

Combined with CQUniversity’s focus on research outcomes, engagement, inclusiveness, student experience and quality distance education, I truly believe becoming a dual-sector university will make us one of Australia’s great universities by 2020 - we will be more diverse, better resourced and more adaptable to the changing needs of industries and employers than ever before.

I am sure you will agree that the future of CQUniversity looks bright - it really is exciting to think of all the possibilities ahead.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas with family and friends and I wish you all the very best for 2013. I know Anita and I are really looking forward to a break so we are refreshed and ready for the new year.


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