Today, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton, had the pleasure of opening for two strategy related events within the University.
Macquarie International’s Strategic Summit was held in the latter half of the week, and the Vice-Chancellor was invited to begin the event by addressing MI and it’s place within the wider University Strategy. Later in the day, the Vice-Chancellor was invited to address members of the Faculty of Science and Engineering who were involved and contributed to the Faculty Retreat.
In both events, Professor Dowton spoke of the need for a shift in strategic direction that Macquarie University required upon his arrival in 2012. A need for convergence around right-sizing and long-term sustainability after ten years of very rapid growth in order to maintain the quality of our products. Professor Dowton noted that the University is well on the way to sustainability, from the tangible property development that is underway as part of the Campus Masterplan, to the abstruse growth of inter-unit collaboration which will lead to increasing resilience to leadership changes as we move into the second half of our first century.
The Vice-Chancellor spoke to the core values of the University; service and engagement, and the roles of learning and teaching, as well as research within that. He maintained that with the advent of our Research Framework and the work we have begun in that domain, we are beginning the crucial process of diversification in our research. Crucial not only because of the potential for trading value with industry partners, but also to increase the employability of our students. Professor Dowton also spoke of the encouraging shift towards a more balanced approach to teaching and learning, addressing both the fundamental sciences and the applied disciplines within the University.
In all, the Vice-Chancellor promoted his optimism in the foundational work that has been laid by our staff towards framing Macquarie University’s future. He remarked that we are beginning to see the ‘green shoots’ of our work thus far and as we continue to plan for the future we must consider how far we’ve come and the exciting work that lies ahead.