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The future

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

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ECU’s current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, has big ambitions for WA’s second largest university.

For starters, he wants to dramatically boost the quality and volume of the University’s research outputs.

This will come through recruiting more academic staff and PhDs, in addition to the more than 20 Professorial Research Fellows ECU will attract in coming years.

And how will we know this strategy is working? Chapman says that by 2020, he wants to see ECU in the top 50 of the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 rankings (ECU is currently 90) and in the top 500 of the World Universities Rankings (currently 501-600).

“But this focus on research will not be at the expense of teaching quality. ECU will continue to offer students the inspiring and supportive learning environment for which we’re known,” he says.

ECU will also welcome more domestic and international students in 2020 and beyond, both on-campus and offshore locations.

“I might expect us to have one or perhaps two overseas campuses by 2020,” he says.

“I’d like to see those campuses focus on disciplines we do very well, for example education or performing arts.”

When ECU celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2041, Chapman says he wants ECU to be a highly respected, world-class teaching and research university.

“Rather than be renowned for research in a few key areas, by 2041 I expect all of our research activity to be at world standard or above.”

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