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I am delighted to welcome you to Deakin University.

Deakin's family tree is an impressive one, involving a series of successful mergers with strong partners, each of whom has contributed significantly to Deakin's culture and values and to its approach to education, ideas and community.

Established in 1974, Deakin University was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement and the nation's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin.

Widening access to university study

From the beginning Deakin has been shaped by the twin goals of a focus on regional Victoria and a commitment to widening access to university study, in particular through distance education programs. Deakin's strategic plan - LIVE the future: Agenda 2020 builds on Deakin's tradition and reputation for providing a relevant and enduring experience for its students, its staff, its alumni, its partners and its friends.

Premium learning experience

Deakin is now in its fourth decade. Much has changed in Australia and in the higher education sector. We now live in a global, connected world with a digital economy influencing every aspect of our lives. Competition and accelerating expectations mean that students rightly expect a premium learning experience that will prepare them for life and careers in a rapidly changing world. Our governments, our partners and our citizens expect excellence and a clear return on their investment in us.

Our role now is to ensure that Deakin graduates are able to thrive in any environment, with the skills and values to enable life long success. Therefore we must seize the opportunities of the future, and move to the next level of excellence and relevance.

Bold and exciting future

LIVE the future provides a framework for a bold and exciting future, and outlines the strategies we need to achieve this vision. It responds to changes in national policy and shifting market conditions, but holds true to Deakin's character. As we plan for a future that is very different to that envisaged at our birth, it is appropriate to think about how we want to define and distinguish our university through the second decade of this twenty first century.

I call on all those whose lives have been touched by Deakin to join with me in achieving our vision - that we will be Australia's premier university in driving the digital frontier to enable globally connected education for the jobs of the future and research that makes a difference to the benefit of our students, our staff and the communities we serve.

Join us to LIVE the future.

Jane den Hollander


Professor Jane den Hollander
Vice-Chancellor & President
Deakin University


Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University since July, 2010.  At Deakin, Professor den Hollander introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.

Professor den Hollander holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg. Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Professor den Hollander is currently a board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited. She is Deputy Chair and Trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council and Chair of Skilling the Bay, an organisation focussed on ensuring the skills and jobs of the future in a transitional economy.

Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University in Western Australia (2006–2010) and prior to that Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Services (2003–2006), also at Curtin University.

Professor Jane den Hollander
Vice-Chancellor & President
Deakin University

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