The University of the Sunshine Coast Academic Plan is the blueprint for achievement of the broad strategic goals enunciated in the University of the Sunshine Coast Strategic Plan 2016-2020. It incorporates the objectives and strategies which will guide and give effect to our development over the next five years.
The Academic Plan is underpinned by USC’s commitment to delivering high quality teaching and research, and to supporting an environment and culture which enable students and staff to excel. The Academic Plan supports the following University aspirations:
- Development of a distributed physical University presence with multiple study sites. This will include USC campuses offering full degree programs at Sippy Downs, Gympie, Fraser Coast, Moreton Bay and SouthBank; study nodes at an increasing number of locations; and managed campuses in Melbourne and Sydney.
- Introduction of new discipline areas including: biomedical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechatronic engineering, computer science, food science, design technology, physiotherapy.
- Launch of a USC Medical School within fifteen years.
- Consolidation of existing high performing research areas, and identification of new research foci such as neuroscience, computer science, cyber security, materials science, food production and agribusiness.
- Increasing focus on a supportive culture for high performance sport.
Our Strategic Goals
The University will be:
- a comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
- positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age, and
- a primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.