Strategic Objectives

As the preferred university of the great majority of Queensland's most highly qualified students, whether school leavers, mature-age students or graduates returning for higher-level studies, as well as of a rapidly-increasing number of outstanding international students, the University of Queensland is committed to excellence of learning experiences and outcomes and will:

  • provide rewarding educational experiences that develop capacities for independent thought, critical judgement, problem solving, effective communication and ethical sensitivity, to equip graduates for lifelong learning and leadership roles in the professions, business and industry, government and society;
  • deliver an enhanced, student-centred approach to learning, enlightened by listening and responding to the student experience, and monitored through a continuous, structured evaluation of teaching and learning outcomes;
  • develop the highest standards of graduate competence, informed by the highest international standards of practice and by close collaboration with scholars, the professions, business and industry, and government and society;
  • deliver an international focus in relation to syllabuses and exposure of graduates to educational and cultural experiences, both at this University and at universities overseas, along with an appreciation of the benefits of diversity and a clear understanding of and sensitivity to its impact;
  • recognise the central relationship between excellence in teaching and learning and research, and the value of underpinning teaching and learning by current research;
  • apply systematically the most effective, flexible and appropriate teaching and learning modes and technologies;
  • enhance the learning environment, particularly in relation to the provision of high quality physical and information technology infrastructure for flexible learning; and
  • recruit, support, develop and retain staff of the highest international calibre.

Operational Priorities

  • achieve the load targets for 2004 set out in the following table;
  • by the end of 2001 map graduate attributes into all course descriptions;
  • within the next three years, implement systems to monitor and review undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs, including evaluations by students and other stakeholders;
  • maintain and monitor the Teaching Quality Assurance component of faculty budgets, along with other financial incentives to departments and the staff promotion process, in order to reward both departmental and individual achievement in teaching and learning excellence;
  • from 2000 onwards monitor the provision of fair, equitable and appropriate assessment that encourages, directs, and reinforces learning, as specified in the University's assessment policy;
  • provide students with improved levels of support and guidance on course and subject selection and on the use of information technology and seek and respond to student feedback on the quality of the support and guidance provided;
  • maintain and increase the participation of adjunct staff from business, the professions and the wider community in mainstream university activities;
  • increase the widespread use of flexible learning approaches in the educational programs of the University; and
  • seek opportunities for enhanced collaboration and strategic partnerships in teaching and learning with other institutions in Australia and overseas.