The new Queensland University of Technology strategic plan sets out the university’s priorities for the next five years to provide world-class transformative education and research.
Blueprint 6, released today, focuses on exploiting QUT’s distinctiveness and managing constant change well to ensure future success.
Blueprint 6 maps out the university’s goals to:
- support aspiration and inclusion
- embrace digital transformation and technology
- encourage creativity and entrepreneurship
- focus on the environment and sustainability
- embed principles of health and wellbeing
- support Indigenous Australian engagement, success and empowerment, and
- enable professional engagement and ethical leadership.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil said the university’s refreshed vision as “the university for the real world” would help realise the organisation’s purpose to provide education and research relevant to its communities.
The Blueprint has a strong focus on ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are heard, through increasing the Indigenous Australian staff and research focus and further developing Indigenous Australian researchers. It is also committed to increasing our enrolment and retention of Indigenous students and providing dedicated support to Indigenous students, including through partnerships.
“We know we need to do a lot more work to properly take into account the Indigenous Australian context, as an institution and as a thought leader in the wider community,” Professor Sheil said.
Since being established as a university in 1989, QUT has worked strategically and effectively to shape its institutional trajectory.
Successes have included improving student experiences and producing beneficial employment outcomes, becoming a leading research-intensive university, creating outstanding facilities and student spaces, and providing positive financial results.
The university has also significantly improved its performance, enjoyed consistently high demand for its courses and has a strong institutional culture and rich working environment.
“However, we may not rest on our laurels. We have more work to do in how we go about transforming our practices, managing the inevitable imperatives of constant change, and continuing to become more agile and efficient,” Professor Sheil said.
Actions aligned to each of the priorities outlined in the Blueprint 6 will shape academic and faculty/institute plans.
Blueprint 6 was developed in consultation with QUT Council, the University Executive Team and QUT staff and students.