We live in an era of disruptive change in which the pace of technological innovation is remarkable. Unprecedented access to information is redefining the ways we live, learn and work. As a university, we must rise to the challenge of preparing our graduates for success in a future that will be every bit as dynamic and unpredictable as it is exciting.
This means challenging traditional paradigms and embracing the emerging opportunities. Challenging times require courage, vision and purpose, all of which have been hallmarks of Flinders since its inception 50 years ago. Our namesake, Matthew Flinders, was a man of purpose. When asked why he chose to embark on his incredible voyage of discovery he responded, “I have too much ambition to rest in the unnoticed middle order of mankind”. He was also a man who believed in the importance of actions that “speak to the world” and this commitment is reflected in our new Strategic Plan Making a Difference – the 2025 Agenda.
It sets out an ambitious vision for Flinders University. One that will harness disruptive technologies and chart a course that takes us to the top 10 of Australian universities and the top one percent in the world.
Achieving our vision requires strong financial foundations, a shared sense of purpose and a common set of values upon which to build. From these arise the four pillars of our Plan, namely People and Culture, Research, Education, and Engagement and Impact. The Plan puts People and Culture first since our collective success depends upon the achievements of our people, and it is our culture that will sustain that success into the future.
In Research our aim is to be a world leader, contributing knowledge, understanding and practical solutions that will improve lives and benefit society. In Education, our paramount focus on student success will be a distinguishing feature of the Flinders Experience.