EMPLOYING 100 extra professors, creating a birth to year 12 school and introducing three more regional campuses are a part of an ambitious new, five-year action plan for the state’s biggest university.
University of South Australia Vice-chancellor, Professor David Lloyd, said the new plan – which sought input from 8000 current and past students, staff and the business community online – was “ambitious but achievable”.
The revolutionary plan aims to make the institution Australia’s “university of enterprise” which would position it among the nation’s best.
The five-year blueprint, titled Crossing the Horizon, was officially approved yesterday and also includes plans to build three new regional campuses at yet to be revealed locations, new UniSA-branded accommodation sites and a new sports and cultural complex which would include a gym, pool and theatre which would be open to the public and known as the “Great Hall”.
It also plans to increase its international student cohort up from 24 per cent currently to 30 per cent in 2018 and expand its presence overseas, particularly in China.
The new plan also seeks to appoint more industry and professional leaders on its expert advisory boards, and create competitive internship or work experience opportunities for all students.