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Welcome to this second edition of d magazine for 2012.
It is proving to be a great year for ideas with Deakin featuring prominently in the Australian Research Council (ARC) awards with nine successful projects – a total of $2 226 440 in funding. ARC Linkage Projects foster long-term strategic research alliances between universities and industry – critical in achieving Deakin’s goal to ‘make a difference through world-class innovation and research’.
In another indication of our growing research reputation, Professor Richard Osborne, Co-Director of Deakin’s Population Health Strategic Research Centre, received a rare honour from the Australian government when his work was nominated as one of the ‘Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012’ by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
A key outcome for Prof. Osborne and his team was the Victorian orthopaedic waiting list reform that has been applied to all Victorian public hospitals and is now helping to improve equity and access to timely hip and knee replacement surgery.
Fostering the great ideas of the future is an important part of our Deakin agenda. I’m delighted to announce that commencing Trimester 3 (T3) this year, Deakin will be extending a five per cent subsidy to all alumni members and their immediate family (spouse and children). The subsidy is for all units of study for new enrolments into postgraduate studies between T3, 2012–T2, 2013 inclusive. This new initiative represents an affirmation of Deakin’s commitment to lifelong learning.
The impact of digital change on our economy has attracted considerable media attention recently, and there can be no doubt that it will profoundly impact our own sector – the internet is inexorably becoming the dominant infrastructure for knowledge. Through our new strategy LIVE the future, Deakin aims to be at the forefront of change, driving the digital frontier, not reacting to its impact after the fact.
In the months since our plan was launched there has been exciting progress, with the first 12 courses to be fully ‘cloud enabled’ now in the ‘sandpit’ for design – harnessing new and emerging technologies to provide highly visual, media-rich and interactive learning experiences.
On the IT front there is a plethora of initiatives underway as we look to deliver a premium experience for students, staff and partners – a leading edge digital environment that takes full advantage of the opportunities of new technologies and delivers a sophisticated level of personalisation and improved service and coverage. As a Financial Review headline observed – ‘Deakin is full steam ahead to the cloud’.
|Professor Jane den Hollander