Published on 4 March 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has appointed Professor Mike Clements as the new leader of its School of Business.
Professor Clements, who has 17 years of experience in industry and 14 years as an academic, was previously Professor of Industry Engaged Learning at Swinburne University and Director of Industry Partnerships at the University of Wollongong.
He has moved from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast to take up the position this year as Head of USC’s School of Business, which offers a wide range of degrees across commerce and business.
“This role at USC is a great opportunity,” Professor Clements said.
“USC is a regional university focused on engaging with business, industry and the broader community and I want to build on the School’s strengths in teaching, research and engagement to further contribute to the economic development of the region.
“I want students’ learning experience to be more work-integrated so our graduates continue to be sought after for their ability to contribute and add value to businesses locally, nationally and worldwide.”
Professor Clements said there were exciting projects underway on the Coast in areas such as health and tourism, and he looked forward to supporting and networking with the many small, medium, family and start-up businesses.
“I’ve noticed that leading-edge businesses want to relocate here for opportunities and lifestyle, which is a great bonus for our graduates seeking to develop their careers on the Coast,” he said.
“With advanced technologies today it is possible to work from anywhere in the world. So why wouldn’t you work from the Sunshine Coast?”
Professor Clements joined academia in his 30s after doing a postgraduate degree, followed by his doctorate.
He was previously in senior management in private industry, working in supply chain manufacturing, operations management and logistics for transport and food manufacturing importation firms. He was also in the New Zealand Army for 10 years, having joined at the age of 16.
“When I started teaching I really enjoyed seeing students gain employment in their field of expertise and be able to put into practice what they had learnt,” he said.
He has taught around the world, from Singapore to Dubai to Scotland. He holds four teaching and learning awards and received a prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citation in 2008. He has also published widely in academic journals.
Professor Clements said USC’s School of Business aimed to attract a broad range of undergraduates and postgraduates, providing multiple entry points and recognising people’s life experience.
“I know that when you come to university later in life you’re very clear on what you’re looking for and understand and appreciate the real value that education adds to your career path,” he said.
At USC he will continue his joint research projects: an Australian Research Council grant with an electronics company based on integrating technology into supply chains; and a further grant with a university consortium investigating the impacts of work-integrated learning on graduate employment.
Professor Clements and his wife, who have holidayed on the Coast before, intend to live beachside and enjoy the many outdoor pursuits offered here.
— Julie Schomberg