New direction for La Trobe: Vision 2015
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson, will today launch his new vision for the future of La Trobe University called ‘Vision 2015’, staff and students across the University’s Victorian campuses will learn about the plan today when Professor Johnson meets with the University community in person and via video conference and webcast.
Professor Johnson says that Vision 2015 is ‘a clear acknowledgement of our history and statement of what we wish to become. The Plan will also allow us to succeed in a rapidly changing environment’.
‘We will be successful if we expand our capacity to transform student lives through education and learning, if we produce more new and useful knowledge through research that is judged to be relevant and... if we support the professional and personal development of our staff’, says Professor Johnson.
Vision 2015 is an evolution of La Trobe University’s Strategic Plan 2008 – 2012 (PDF 1.2MB) and the University’s many achievements during this initial planning period are outlined in Ambitions into Achievements (PDF 1MB).
Vision 2015 will provide La Trobe University with four strategic objectives to ensure that the University achieves its vision over the next five years;
• Objective 1 – Transform student lives through learning
• Objective 2 – Create new and useful knowledge
• Objective 3 – Support and reward staff excellence
• Objective 4 – Operate sustainably and ethically
Professor Johnson says Vision 2015 enshrines the University’s commitment to the public good while also ensuring that La Trobe is acting sustainably;
‘We must ensure that all our students are equipped to think independently, to behave ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and that they have a capacity and desire to continue to question, challenge and learn long after they have completed their university studies.’
The University has underpinned its commitment to sustainability with the recent appointment of Professor Carol Adams to the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability). La Trobe is the first Australian university to introduce such a position and Professor Adams brings to the role many years of experience in sustainability reporting.
La Trobe University is in a stronger financial position than in recent years and this has enabled the commencement of several important infrastructure projects - the new Centre for AgriBioscience is taking shape on the Melbourne campus at Bundoora and the La Trobe Rural Health School is being established in Bendigo.
With more than $500 million of new research and teaching facilities under construction on its campuses, the University also plans to significantly expand its research capacity through the recruitment of more academic staff and the creation of more doctoral and post-doctoral positions.
La Trobe University was established in 1964 to make a difference – specifically ‘to serve the community and in particular the citizens of Victoria by making knowledge available for the benefit of all’. In four decades of operation, the staff, students and alumni of the University have succeeded in making a real difference to people’s lives through research, education and innovation across many areas of scientific, social, cultural and political endeavour.
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