Strategic objectives

As the preferred university of the 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 outstanding international students, The University of Queensland is committed to excellence of learning experiences and outcomes and will:

  • provide rewarding educational experiences that develop in graduates capacities for independence and creativity, critical judgement, effective communication and ethical and social understanding as well as in-depth knowledge of a field of study;
  • deliver an enhanced and flexible approach to learning that meets curricula and pedagogic objectives by actively engaging students and providing the benefits of small group interactions;
  • ensure effective, structured evaluation of teaching and learning quality and outcomes, informed through feedback from students, scholars, professions, industry and community;
  • promote and encourage the relationship between excellence in teaching and learning and research and reinforce a commitment to the distinctiveness of a research-based culture for teaching and learning;
  • support ways to build effective learning communities that encourage independent learning and peer interactions;
  • review and enhance postgraduate coursework programs to renew and increase the postgraduate profile to assist in achieving a student body of which 25 percent is at postgraduate level;
  • improve participation rates for students from disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • deliver an international focus through curricula and through exposure of students to educational and cultural experiences at this University and overseas;
  • recruit, develop and retain staff who have a commitment to encouraging collaborative learning through student-centred high quality teaching and learning practice; and
  • enhance the teaching and learning environment, particularly in relation to provision of high quality infrastructure for flexible learning.
Operational priorities
  • Increase the use of smart technologies to make learning and teaching more effective for both students and teachers.
  • Develop more fl exible teaching and learning spaces that encourage peer interaction and collaboration.
  • Monitor and review the provision of curriculum and assessment to encourage and reinforce improvements in the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Build opportunities for undergraduate and coursework postgraduate students to engage with the Universityʼs research environment through learning communities that provide the culture and experiences of research.
  • Support initiatives, including the recruitment of additional staff, to improve the student learning experience.
  • Identify examples of best practice in the support for fi rst-year students and provide support to promote the dissemination of such practice throughout the University.
  • Support a system of curriculum development and review that focuses strongly on innovative and effective curriculum design.
  • Improve guidance and advice to students about program and course selection to assist students to identify potential career paths.
  • Seek and respond to student feedback about the quality of teaching and learning and of the teaching and learning environment.
  • Develop marketing and recruitment strategies to increase incentives for disadvantaged background students to seek entry to the University, particularly at UQ Ipswich, as it seeks to build enrolment numbers, including strategies to increase higher education study aspirations in communities with low existing participation rates.
  • Develop strategies to support internationalisation of programs and courses, including the offering of at least one program per faculty requiring a component of offshore study in collaboration with overseas university partners.
  • Develop strategies to increase the offshore mobility of domestic students to five percent of the student body by 2009.
  • Seek opportunities for enhanced collaboration and strategic partnerships in teaching and learning with other institutions in Australia and overseas.
  • Ensure that the teaching quality assurance program, the staff promotion process and other incentives, reward and promote school and individual achievement in teaching and learning excellence.
  • Provide staff development to support best practice approaches to teaching and learning and to encourage teaching and learning staff to be innovative, effective and reflective.
  • Develop a program to enhance infrastructure to support fl exible teaching and learning practices and to extend the development and use of collaborative teaching and learning spaces, including increasing the use of Collaborative Teaching and Learning Centre (CTLC) and Advanced Concept Teaching Space (ACTS) facilities.