Update from the President and Vice-Chancellor

When I arrived at Monash nearly a year ago, one of my first actions was to begin discussion of a new Strategic Plan for the University. The resulting document, Focus...

When I arrived at Monash nearly a year ago, one of my first actions was to begin discussion of a new Strategic Plan for the University. The resulting document, Focus Monash, was launched in April and is now providing a framework for new initiatives as well as overall direction and priorities.

Focus Monash distils the ambitions of the University into four goals: we will be excellent, we will be international, we will be enterprising and we will be inclusive. Working successfully with you, our alumni, will be crucial to enabling us to realise these goals.

Our relationships with alumni are explicitly addressed under the heading of inclusion. A university as large as Monash needs to work hard to ensure it builds a cohesive community. If you believe, as I do, that your time at university is a profound part of your development, that it shapes your sense of yourself and has a lasting influence on your future, then alumni ought to be a part of our community for as long as they wish to be.

To that end, Monash should work to foster mutually beneficial relationships that continue to offer you opportunities long after you graduate. Initiatives like the Alumni Speaker Series and the Global Leadership Network begin to sketch some of the possibilities here.

Your expertise, perspectives and connections will prove invaluable in helping deliver the other goals in Focus Monash. In saying that Monash will be “Enterprising”, we mean that our partnerships with industry and government, which are already among the strongest in Australia, will become one of our major distinguishing features in terms of their depth, strength and impact. And by saying that we will be “International”, we mean we will work to build the strength of our international networks, collaborations and campuses to ensure they respond to the issues and opportunities of our region and the world.

Spread across the world, peppered through a wide variety of organisations, and with a deep knowledge of Monash, alumni are uniquely positioned to help broker these relationships to the benefit of all concerned.

The full plan is available online. I encourage you to read it.

Regards

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
President and Vice-Chancellor