Annual report

Mission, vision and objectives

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The University has developed a new strategic plan for 2014 to 2020: UWA 2020 Vision. This plan reaffirms the objective 'to advance the welfare and prosperity of the people' through educational and research activities in the University of Western Australia Act 1911 that created the University.

The UWA 2020 Vision expresses the University mission, vision, values and defining characteristics as follows.

  1. Mission
  2. Vision
  3. Values
  4. Defining characteristics
  5. Strategic priorities
  6. Budget

Mission

To provide world-class education, research and community engagement for the advancement of the prosperity and welfare of our communities.

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Vision

We aspire to be recognised as one of the world's top 50 global universities by 2050.

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Values

The core values underpinning our activities are a commitment to—

  • a culture of high performance and continuous improvement, designed to achieve international excellence;
  • academic freedom to encourage staff and students to engage in the open exchange of ideas and thought;
  • equity and merit as the fundamental principles for the achievement of the full potential of all staff and students;
  • fostering the values of openness, honesty, tolerance, trust and responsibility in social, moral and academic matters;
  • the achievement of Aboriginal peoples' rights, aspirations and potential, and the recognition of Indigenous knowledge, culture and values;
  • sustainability in environmental, economic and social dimensions.

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Defining characteristics

UWA will be recognised by the following defining characteristics

  • aspiring to excellence, in all our activities;
  • comprehensive, with a broad teaching and research profile in the arts, sciences and professions; but selective within a comprehensive base, to develop particular areas of strength and emphasis;
  • research-intensive, with a strong teaching and research nexus across all our disciplines;
  • globally connected, with international perspectives embedded in our teaching and research, strong engagement with leading institutions internationally, and high and positive international recognition and reputation;
  • technologically innovative, to maintain our currency and maximise our flexibility;
  • engaged, to respond to the needs of the community, our students and our graduates.

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Strategic priorities

UWA Vision specifies three strategic objectives to further advance the University's vision for the years 2014 to 2020 as follows:

Leadership in Education
To be recognised as a global leader in university education.

Internationally-renowned Research
To strive for an international research agenda of relevance to the communities we serve.

Community and Global Engagement
To be recognised for the strong and mutually beneficial relationships we have forged with our stakeholders.

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Budget

The University is revamping its budget model to better align income and expenditure. Nonetheless the University's budget remains plan-driven with discretionary funding focused on advancing the University's priority objectives.

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