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Campus News : October 2012
OCTOBER 2012 CONNECT :UOW 3 CONNECT: NEWS The University of Wollongong has cemented its place in the top two percent overall in the QS World University Rankings -- including a top one per cent spot for the "employer reputation" of graduates. In the 2012 QS rankings released in September UOW was ranked 264 (up from 269 in 2011) among the world's universities. This included a ranking of 92 in the world (in the top one percent) and eighth in Australia for how highly employers rate the University's graduates. The QS rankings announcement followed the release the previous week of the 2013 Good Universities Guide, in which UOW was number one in Australia for its students' "educational experience" and a five-star performer in six categories. The Good Universities Guide provides the only independent five-star performance ratings for Australian universities. UOW scored 30 stars out of a possible 30 in the Good Universities Guide's six key educational experience categories: • Teaching quality • Generic skills • Graduate satisfaction • Getting a job • Positive graduate outcomes • Graduate starting salaries "When it comes to the 'educational experience' for students, the University of Wollongong goes to the top of the class in Australia," the Good Universities Guide stated. "The Good Universities Guide findings clearly show why we earned a top one percent spot in the 'employer reputation' category by the QS world rankings," Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said. "We have received the maximum five stars in some of these categories before but a perfect 30 for these teaching/learning indicators is an outstanding achievement," Professor Wellings said. In May this year, The Times Higher Education (THE) announced that UOW had been selected as one of the world's top 100 universities for universities aged under 50. Wollongong was listed in 33rd place in the world -- and at equal top spot in Australia (with Macquarie University). UOW became an independent university in 1975. BG UOW KEEPS PLACE IN WORLD'S TOP2%... ... AND AIMS TO GO ONE BETTER More than 1000 UOW staff attended the presentation to hear Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings outline the University's new Strategic Plan. University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings has unveiled a revitalisation program aimed at making Wollongong a city of choice for future students and staff by taking the University into the top one percent of the world's universities. In an address to more than 1000 UOW staff in August, Professor Wellings outlined details of the University's draft Strategic Plan for the next five years. The Strategic Plan has been developed to build on the outstanding successes and developments at UOW over the past two decades, which has seen the University ranked among the top two percent of universities in the world. "A place in the top one percent of the world's universities will advance our capacity to attract highly qualified staff and students that will, in turn, bring the recognition, skills and partnerships to enrich further the quality and impact of our research and teaching," Professor Wellings said. "Moreover, it will boost our capacity to open up opportunities for student access and contribute to regional development." Professor Wellings said earning and maintaining a place in the top one percent will "make us a more resilient university, one that is better able to negotiate the rapidly changing global higher education environment". He said UOW could already be labelled Australia's enterprising university, enjoying a global presence and making significant contributions to the region. The draft Strategic Plan notes that: "Our culture is strongly collegial, positive and inclusive ... we have an unbeaten record of continuous five-star ratings for graduate outcomes and our student satisfaction is high and UOW staff register as the most passionate in the national Your Voice survey." The Vice-Chancellor said to achieve aspects the revitalisation program a reorganisation of existing faculties and administrative centres would be required. He said the challenges facing the University over the next five years included the need to refocus and re-invigorate the academic profile and align it to research initiatives, deliver and grow UOW's off-shore international program and build and leverage partnerships for mutual benefit -- including a lifelong engagement with the University's alumni. The proposed reorganisation will create five faculties from the existing 11. Under the proposal there will be significant clusters of activity focused on Law and Arts; Business; Engineering and Information Technology; Medicine, Science and Health; and Social Sciences. The intent is to create growth scale in the units and more flexible decision- making. A proposed structure is currently in the consultation phase and the outcomes will be presented to the University Council at its October meeting. If the proposal proceeds, faculty mergers would take place in 2013. Professor Wellings reassured staff that the proposed reorganisation was not about cutting staff and costs as the University was working from a strong financial base. BG of am a reorganisation of STRATEGIC PLAN REVEALED
CONNECT:UOW July 2012