Engagement is a term used to describe the process and range of activities where the University interacts, connects and collaborates with its stakeholders to achieve wider benefits through its actions.
A central focus
The University's vision statement and Strategic Plan highlight the priority that USC places on engagement. Engagement in this context means relevance and positive impact and these attributes are critical to all USC activities.
The University's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) also takes responsibility for the University Foundation, Alumni, and the Innovation Centre.
Internally, links, communication and coordination is provided largely through Associate Deans in the faculties: Professor Mary Katsikitis in the Faculty of Arts and Business, and Professor Brendan Burkett in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.
Engagement in action
Engagement activities occur daily, in a variety of forms and across all areas of the University. Some key actions are:
- Long-term collaboration in areas of research and innovation, governance, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, education partnerships (including other universities, TAFEs and schools), business partnerships, community partnerships and environmental partnerships, further both the interests of our partners and the University's strategic priorities.
- Courses and programs are designed in consultation with industry to meet current and future needs.
- University research, focused on the areas of sustainability and genecology, is conducted with professional, industry and advisory groups.
- Shared jointly-funded infrastructure supports the needs of the Sunshine Coast. Such facilities include the Psychology Clinic, health and sports facilities, Library and Art Gallery.
- USC works closely with schools and guidance officers to provide pathways to tertiary education.
- Scholarships, bursaries and prizes are funded by the community and industry to increase access to tertiary education by equity groups.
- The Innovation Centre advances the knowledge economy and supports entrepreneurship locally.
- The University supports and hosts events including industry forums, open days, community events, cultural activities, professional development events, professional short courses and networking events for community benefit and professional development.
- Work Integrated Learning opportunities link businesses with USC students for work placements, internships, work experience and practical industry based projects and graduate employment. Businesses are able to advertise vacancies at no charge using the University's Career Hub.
- Giving to USC through the University Foundation.
- Maintaining contact with USC Graduates or Alumni.
- Industry and members of the community are actively involved in learning and teaching at the University and student support activities.
Measured results and impact
The University's success in its engagement activity is best illustrated through its regional impacts. These measures highlight the success of the University's efforts to engage locally and impact positively on the Sunshine Coast region, and assesses the opinion of key stakeholders annually.
Contact the Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement).