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ANU reveals plans for national leadership

The Australian National University published a strategic plan on 22 September outlining the institution’s future direction.

According to Ian Young, the vice-chancellor, by 2020 the university will be focussing on boosting excellence in three areas: research, education and the university’s role as a regional and national public policy resource.

Divulging his plans, Young said: “By 2020 ANU will be the unequivocal national leader in contribution to public policy analysis and formulation. Staff will be encouraged not only to excel in their field, but to take part in and improve the quality of public debate on the critical issues of our time.

“The vast majority of ANU academic staff will be research-active, and our education will continue to be grounded in what we research. Students at all levels will experience the unique research culture of ANU.

“Staff will win more competitive research grants and more staff will be ranked world-class and above world-class on the Commonwealth’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) scale,” he added.

Young also revealed plans to establish a fund to attract and retain world-class staff, at senior and mid-career levels, in areas of strategic importance.