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Swinburne U’s strategic plan goes all in on industry engagement


By David Schwartz
Published: May 11th, 2021

Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology has launched a new 2025 Strategic Plan that sets a bold path in technology, innovation and industry engagement. It outlines several “moon shots” for the school, which focus heavily on working with industry to provide experiential education, ensure full employment for students, and provide solutions for industry partners.

According to Swinburne Vice-Chancellor and President Pascale Quester, the new strategy embodies a commitment to become the prototype of a new and different university for the 21st century.

“Swinburne is a young university with a long history. As a dual-sector university, born of a technical college, we are proud of Swinburne’s technology DNA. With this new strategy we are building Swinburne as university that is truly of technology, of innovation and of entrepreneurship,” she said. “To realize our vision, we commit to taking big strides and aspire for moon shots rather than incremental steps.”

Those moon shots are enumerated as follows: 

Moon shot 1: Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience – “real industry experience … including paid placements, internships or industry-linked projects.”

Moon shot 2: Every Swinburne graduate gets a job – each grad should become “either a job taker or a job creator in a future world of work defined by technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Moon shot 3: Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution — with a concentration on “flagship areas where the university is a world leader and has potential to be the industry partner of choice” including space and aerospace technology, sustainable solutions, and medical technology.

Moon shot 4: Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice – the school seeks to become “a new model of university that is fit for purpose in a digital future, looking forward and not backwards in the way it operates and evolves.

 “The critical needs of industries, many yet to be created, is behind Swinburne’s purpose to create tomorrow’s technology and the human capital and talent required for a digital, tech-rich future,” Quester said. “For us, technology is not an end in and of itself. Instead, it is technology’s capacity to enable social, environmental, economic and cultural good that is intrinsically valuable.”

Source: Mirage

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