I have been struck by how invested the CQUniversity community has been in the shared construction of this strategic plan. Our staff, students and valued stakeholders have contributed considerable time and attention in co-designing the strategic intent of CQUniversity, and they should rightfully feel ownership of this plan and the future of their university.
I believe this strategic plan authentically captures CQUniversity’s unique place in the higher education and training ecosystem. In doing so, it provides the strategic framework for us to meet our distinct social licence: to be Australia’s most accessible and supportive university, connecting our regions to the world through innovative education, training and research excellence.
This strategic plan preserves an enduring set of values that were in place long before I became Chancellor, and will undoubtedly remain long after I’m gone. The new strategic plan now more accurately defines our unique purpose and vision, recalibrates our strategic goals and priorities, and importantly, puts forward a more holistic framework of pillars that reflects the interconnectivity of our social impact: our People, our Planet, and our Partnerships.
While this strategic plan is forward-looking in its gaze, embracing the range of disruptions, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, it retains strong links to this university’s proud identity and its history. This plan reaffirms CQUniversity’s commitment to Reconciliation, truth-telling, and in walking alongside First Nations peoples. It upholds the heart of our university in regional Australia, with a continuing focus on community engagement. It fortifies our philosophy of inclusion, accessibility and opportunity for all. It keeps our staff firmly at the centre of all that we do. And, perhaps most importantly, it supports our tremendous capabilities in world class teaching, training and research.
I am humbled by the level of involvement shown by our university community in the development of this important document, and I look forward to working with you over coming years as we translate this strategic plan into social impact for the betterment of our People, our Partners, and our Planet.
CQUniversity Chancellor, Mr Graeme Innes AM