Cambridge, Harvard and now Wollongong?
The University of Wollongong (UOW) has outlined a revitalisation program aimed at making Wollongong the city of choice for future students and staff.
In releasing the university's five-year plan, Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said that he intends to see the university secure a place in the top one per cent of the world's universities.
"A place in the top 1% *of the world’s universities will advance our 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 our research and teaching. Moreover, it will boost our capacity to open up opportunities for student access and contribute to regional developments,” Professor Wellings said.
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 UOW’s 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