Annual Report

Our strategy

Murdoch University Strategic Plan 2012-2017

The University's Strategic Plan is underpinned by three strategic goals that guide Murdoch’s vision in research, learning and teaching, and engagement.

Leading edge, blue sky and translational research

Murdoch University continues to emphasise research and aims to enhance its reputation for high quality, international research in select fields that engages with current, significant social and scientific challenges.

In 2016, the University continued to build on its established and emerging research strengths in line with the Research Strategy 2012-2017 across priority themes within the context of securing the future, including:

  • Primary food production
  • Resources, the environment and their management
  • Human and animal health

These themes are inextricably linked to interdisciplinary activities with explicit connections to education, culture, communication, governance and public policy.

High quality learning and teaching

In 2016, Murdoch made a significant investment in a project which adapted 172 units from our curriculum into new blended learning content for our students in Perth and Singapore. This project, entitled Transforming Transnational Education Delivery Project ensures Murdoch students have the best learning experience no matter where they study.

The Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom recognised Murdoch’s commitment to excellence in learning and teaching in 2016. It awarded accredited status to two of Murdoch’s professional development programs.

The University appointed Professor Romy Lawson as its Deputy Vice Chancellor Education in 2016. Professor Lawson is renowned for being a leader in contemporary learning and curriculum development. She completed a review of the Murdoch curriculum in 2016.

Strong societal engagement

The University continues to engage with various communities at a local, national and international level to cultivate knowledge partnerships. These collaborations aim to promote discussion and debate on food security, sustainability, health futures and cultural enrichment through the arts, humanities and social sciences in line with the Strategic Plan.

Sponsorships, events and high level engagement with donors and supporters continued in addition to the University's ongoing focus on internal engagement with a number of employee initiatives benefitting academic and professional staff.

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