Community partnerships (Strategic Plan 2007-2011)
Recognising that its activities and resources represent a remarkable state and national resource, the University will:
- develop closer and more numerous links with the wider community of which it is a part;
- establish strategic partnerships and identify priorities that mutually serve the interests of the University and its stakeholders;
- collaborate in strategic activities for community benefit with industry, business and professional groups and with instrumentalities at city, state, national and international levels;
- champion the role of education and research in underpinning the economic health and social well-being of local, state, national and international communities;
- provide staff with the opportunity to contribute to the community while achieving educational and personal development outcomes;
- build on the University’s strengths in the services it is able to offer the community, helping to find and promote innovative and sustainable solutions to community challenges;
- maintain the University’s role as a provider of specialist services to the community through its libraries, museums, clinics, collections and other specialised scientific, cultural and public performance facilities; and
- ensure that the University’s students and graduates are well-informed on the activities, aims, aspirations and commitments of the University as a basis for establishing and maintaining enduring long-term relationships between the University and its alumni.
- Play a leading role in stimulating intellectual debate within the community on cultural, economic and social issues, for the advancement of Queensland.
- Increase recognition within Queensland and the wider national and international communities of the excellence of the University’s educational programs and research through a comprehensive community information program.
- Develop and promote faculty-based alumni links and friendship-raising activities with support from the Office of University Development and Graduate Relations.
- In partnership with communities, business, government and non-profit organisations, identify community needs which the University is wellplaced to service.
- Facilitate community involvement in University decisions affecting the community.
- Expand the professional contributions of staff in their specialised fields to the needs of government, business, health, rural and community organisations.
- Maintain and extend activities in continuing professional education, as part of the mainstream teaching responsibilities of the University, by offering post-tertiary courses which reflect the latest developments in their fields and, wherever possible, are articulated to award courses.
- Enhance relationships with the University’s alumni through the development of a domestic and international alumni strategy, in the latter case to grow international alumni networks and the number of active international alumni.