People, programs and precincts are at the heart of UniSA’s new strategic plan for 2018-2025, Enterprise25.
The plan – focusing on growth, industry connections, access and equity, and innovative quality teaching – brings together the core foundational ambitions of the University with a clear focus on addressing the future needs of students and research partners.
Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says Enterprise25 is a rigorous and ambitious plan that will grow the University and prepare the groundwork for the continued success of its students.
“We operate in an ever-evolving environment – the digital world is lifting and changing student expectations, which requires adaptation to stay ahead,” Prof Lloyd says.
“Technological change is transforming industry – innovative research and innovative content in programs are needed now, more than ever before.”
He says the challenges for business and society are interconnected – requiring interdisciplinary responses. Enterprise25 proposes co-locating related disciplines, industry and research.
“This means we can provide more opportunities for students to study across disciplines whilst providing skilled and flexible graduates suited to an ever-changing workforce,” Prof Lloyd says.
Central to the success of Enterprise25 is an expanded curriculum innovation process, reshaping and enhancing UniSA’s programs, their construction and how they are delivered for a 21st century dynamic education.
“We want to ensure they are leading-edge, end user endorsed programs that are all ranked among the best in the world,” Prof Lloyd says.
UniSA would also have fewer metropolitan campuses as part of a consolidation of its footprint, with a focus on creating “vibrant communities of scale”.
“Our academic programs will draw on expertise from across the institution for their delivery – the best input contributing to the best offerings through curriculum communities. This type of innovation is embedded in Enterprise25.”
Enterprise25 also addresses an international trend toward supporting research with impact.
“UniSA needs to maximise its advantage,” Prof Lloyd says. “UniSA's competitors are increasingly international not local.
“Through our industry-informed curriculum and flexibility of delivery we will further expand our international student population; delivering the best in globally relevant education on campus, online and offshore,” Prof Lloyd says.
UniSA’s research themes would continue to bring together thought leaders across disciplines to address significant challenges facing society.
“By taking an industry sector approach, and building partners into large-scale research activities and precincts, we prioritise the translation of knowledge into impact,” Prof Lloyd says.
Enterprise25 sets out seven ambitions to be achieved by 2025:
UniSA will be ranked among the very highest nationally for student satisfaction and graduate employment rates.
UniSA’s top 20 accredited programs will all rank among the very best in Australia and feature on the QS Top 100 subject listings internationally.
15 per cent of UniSA’s operational income will come from research activities with 60 per cent of that activity directly linked to industry partners. The University will grow the scale and focus of its research by building capacity in areas that it has demonstrated excellence and shown potential for growth.
Programs will draw on expertise from across the institution for their delivery – the best input contributing to the best offerings through academic curriculum communities.
By 2025 UniSA will be placed within the Top 8 institutions nationally for research excellence, and known as the sector’s most industry-engaged university.
UniSA will be a high performing, culturally enterprising organisation; its core attributes will be embedded in all that it does and will be at the forefront of UniSA’s leadership and reflected in the diversity of its people and how they work together.
The University’s teaching, research and practice will be consolidated on precincts, closely integrated and aligned with industry.
By 2025, UniSA will have grown by 20 per cent to 40,000 enrolled students. Within this cohort, 25 per cent of students will engage with the University online – as domestic, international, transnational, postgraduate and undergraduate students.
Enterprise25 builds on and continues the momentum of the current strategic plan, Crossing the Horizon, including:
Teaching and learning innovation, through the Digital Learning Strategy
Research and end-user engagement through the Research and Innovation Strategic Plan
Student engagement through the Student Engagement Framework
Aboriginal education, research and employment through the Reconciliation Action Plan
Engagement with UniSA’s regions, through the Regional Engagement Framework.
Enterprise25 will be implemented from 2019 if the University decides in December 2018 against pursuing a merger with the University of Adelaide (see separate story on the merger discussion paper).