Strategic Objectives

The University of Queensland is one of Australia's premier, comprehensive research-intensive universities. The University aims to achieve international excellence in all types of research, from fundamental, curiosity driven work that adds to the stock of knowledge through to applied research resulting in commercial innovation. The University considers that excellence in research underpins both excellence in teaching and the ability to develop depth in its community partnerships. In seeking to develop its global reputation for research excellence the University will:

  • promote the importance and benefits of research to the wider community, and champion the leadership role that the University plays in research related activities;
  • benchmark research and scholarship in all faculties, schools, departments and centres against the highest international standards of practice;
  • achieve international distinction across a significant number of strategically-prioritised areas;
  • develop major research collaboration with government bodies, businesses and the international community;
  • enhance existing levels of success in obtaining competitive and other sources of research funding from all State, national and international sources;
  • enhance the University's role as one of Australia's major providers of research training by providing innovative and flexible programs at honours, masters and doctoral levels;
  • develop suites of integrated and articulated postgraduate programs from certificate to doctoral levels;
  • increase the number of postgraduate students to achieve, over time, a student body at least 25 percent of which is at postgraduate level; and
  • develop and maintain an excellent research infrastructure capability to meet the needs of researchers and develop world class facilities for graduate and research students in purpose-built facilities.

Operational Priorities

  • seek to improve the University's standing in the leading group of Australian universities in research performance at an international standard and among the leading three universities in terms of overall research income;
  • increase research funding from national and international research agencies, from governments and industry and from a continuing commitment to innovation through the commercial application of intellectual property and research outcomes, leading to an increase in total research income of at least 30% on the 1998 figure of $85 million;
  • actively seek to disseminate the findings of research, whether through publication to the wider community in scholarly journals or by vigorously pursuing arrangements which lead to the transfer and exploitation of knowledge gained from research;
  • integrate the major research centres into the research, postgraduate teaching and community service activities of the University;
  • facilitate the development of a limited number of significant new research programs which will often be interdisciplinary and which reflect emerging opportunities and strategic priorities;
  • continuously evaluate research performance through an appropriate set of performance indicators which include peer review and international benchmarking;
  • facilitate interaction with industry, commerce and the professions, and encourage the development of targeted strategic partnerships;
  • by the beginning of 2001 develop suites of appropriate and well-articulated postgraduate courses at graduate certificate, diploma, masters, and professional level, along with well-structured postgraduate research programs, in all faculties;
  • provide postgraduate courses which meet the needs of industry, the community and the professions; and
  • provide appropriate support structures and facilities which foster a collegial postgraduate education and improve the training and broader educational and social experiences of research students at both higher degree and postdoctoral levels.