Annual Report

David FlanaganChancellor's foreword

In 2016 we welcomed Professor Eeva Leinonen as Vice Chancellor. Since arriving she has made a positive impact and is currently involved in refreshing the University’s Strategic Plan.

I reflect on the year that was 2016, feeling privileged to have been re-elected by the Senate to serve as Chancellor for a second three-year term. This allows me to continue to help shape the future of this great University with a team that is bringing together new senior leadership and vision to deliver on the University’s strategic goals.

Murdoch's new Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen, has already made a positive impression across the entire University. Her impact has been immediate and the Senate has embraced her strategic thinking, fresh vision and abundant energy.

The senior leadership team was further bolstered with the appointment of Deputy Vice Chancellors for the Education and International portfolios. The appointments are timely as Murdoch looks to attract more local students and increase our international growth both on and offshore. International and transnational students now account for approximately 40 per cent of the University’s overall student numbers.

The investigation into a matter of governance at Murdoch, which concerned misconduct allegations in respect of former senior staff concluded with a public report. The investigation and subsequent report identified the need for a comprehensive review of the University’s risk governance framework. This has resulted in a more robust governance framework for the University.

Murdoch continues to make a distinctive contribution through our research programs and was the centre of global news for a number of notable achievements. This included the US-based Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a new treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is demonstrating amazing results and offering sufferers a new lease on life.

The passing into law of amendments to the Murdoch University Act provides the University with thecommercial powers necessary for developments tosupport the University’s Strategic Plan. Planning for theMurdoch University Knowledge and Health Precinct onUniversity land adjacent to the hospitals is underway,and details of opportunities are expected to be releasedto the market soon.

Our alumni community continues to grow and I was pleased to see that around 5,500 students completed their studies and graduated from the University in Perth, Singapore and Dubai in 2016.

The work of Murdoch’s Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre has been excellent with Indigenous enrolments at an all-time high. The University is committed to the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which showcases a tangible commitment to social justice and cultural integration. The plan formalises and supports a number of Murdoch initiatives and lays foundations for further growth and collaborations. Senate has oversight of and monitors the RAP.

Murdoch boasts one of the most culturally and demographically diverse student and staff communities in Australia with more than 100 nations represented, and almost half of our enrolments are mature age students. This is truly a University for everyone and I am immensely proud that many of our students are the first in family to attend University.

In closing, on behalf of Senate, I would like to thank all staff for their ongoing vision, energy, innovation and commitment. I also thank my Senate colleagues for their own passion in helping to shape a brighter future for our University. We look forward to a successful year ahead.

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