Category 5: Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching
 
UQ Biotechnology Program
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and School of Business
 
Project Team: Professor Ross Barnard, Dr Damian Hine, Dr Steven Reid

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The University of Queensland is recognised nationally and internationally for its significant contribution to biomedical research. The leaders in the UQ Biotechnology Program have supported this commitment by building strong biotechnology-related programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. The objective of the biotechnology program is to take a leading national role in building a strong biotechnology industry. This has required effective integration of two often contrasting agendas, science and business, to produce graduates who are in demand by industry.
 
The success of the Biotechnology Program at the University is based on a concerted effort to integrate the multiple aspects of biotechnology - interdisciplinarity, interprofessionalism and innovation - into the teaching and learning program. This has been achieved through the skilful integration of student learning needs and industry needs and the design of an innovative curriculum including courses in IP management, regulatory issues and economics of the Biotechnology sector. Through this focus, the Biotechnology Program team has created a program that is seen as the national leader in Biotechnology and a model for new programs, such as the one that has been developed at Monash University.
 
Leadership is at the heart of the Biotechnology Program, and the desire to create leaders for the Biotechnology industry. The diversity offered within the program, in terms of learning formats, the effective mix between theory and practice, the diversity of the student population, and extensive involvement of a diverse range of industry partners, creates an experience that not only builds content knowledge, but strong problem solving, communication, collaboration and analytical skills. This has been verified by external assessments at the national level.  National leadership is further demonstrated by recognition for the program’s flexible delivery courses, the development of which has been underpinned by funding via a variety of Carrick and ALTC-supported projects. A major benefit for students is that they obtain a skill set in the development and commercialisation of science as well as scientific research skills.
 
This program is an excellent example of what can be achieved by co-operation between the various stakeholders. The team consists of excellent educators, who have demonstrated innovation, commitment, and excellence to create and deliver an interdisciplinary program that is highly respected by industry, colleagues and students.

 

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