Vice-Chancellor welcomes the troops 

Mils Moloney and Amy Baxter were there for the VC's morning tea...

as were Nathan Gibson and Nick Matarazzo.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Garnett and her senior executive team outlined their vision for the future in a special welcome to new staff at the Casuarina and Alice Springs campuses on Monday (February 19).

Professor Garnett reaffirmed CDU’s ‘One in Five in Ten’ strategy for placing the university within the top rankings of national tertiary institutions over the next 10 years.

She explained that the strategy would focus on being benchmarked in the top band of Australian universities in five areas – Indigenous participation, pathways to learning, professional, globally-oriented education and training, research in the region and partnership building with government and business.

The aim was to achieve top rankings in these areas progressively over the next 10 years.

She said CDU was placed in a unique environment that provided its own set of challenges, but that in building capacity, the university had to be ‘bold, ambitious and savvy’.

To meet the challenges of a changing world CDU was already rescoping many of its degree courses.

‘This is happening to take account of the changing demands of our stakeholders,’ she said.

She said the university played a key socio-cultural role in the community, and was an engine of growth for the Territory and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

‘But we cannot do it alone,’ she said. ‘We must continue to identify partnership opportunities for research and teaching.’

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Dr Robert Wasson told the meeting that CDU was preparing itself for the proposed new federal Research Quality Framework, the details of which are yet to be announced. The framework is expected to take into account the social, cultural and economic impact of university research.