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From the Vice-Chancellor

A very warm welcome to the University of Canberra!

Professor Deep Saini Nestled in the nation's capital, we are a young university with a bold vision. Our Strategic  Plan outlines our ambitious objectives as we aim to be amongst Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions, continue our ascent in world rankings, and extend our regional, national and international reach.

The QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings place the University of Canberra in the top four per cent of universities worldwide, and among the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50. This remarkable achievement for such a young institution wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of our students and our academic and professional staff.

The University's teaching is enriched by our research culture that focuses on outcomes that lead to early improvements in the world around us. The two together reflect our dynamic, innovative and collaborative intellectual environment.

The University's strong emphasis on work integrated learning gives our nearly 17,000 students valuable experience to develop key skills in the workplace. Our graduates are in high demand and many of our more than 77,000 alumni occupy senior positions in public and private enterprise in Australia and around the world.

Our vibrant, friendly campus is home to a wide array of cafés, eateries and fitness facilities. The natural park-like environment teems with native birds and a small mob of kangaroos. We also play host to the famous touring music festival – Groovin' the Moo.

We have embarked on a comprehensive development plan that will see our campus transform into an integrated learning community where academics, students and the public come together in a seamless knowledge-sharing space. Comprising four interconnected precincts – health, sports, innovation and residential – the project is already coming to life with the opening of a multi-service Health Hub and the University's Sporting Commons, including the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise.

The construction of the new University of Canberra Public Hospital – a central facility for our health sciences, teaching and research – is underway. Our ties with the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby team, the UC Vikings and Special Olympics ACT are being further strengthened. A state-of-the-art, 496-bed new student residence will open its doors in 2017. Further developments in the health, residential and innovation district are being planned.

These rapidly expanding facilities are delivering an integrated teaching and research environment, providing exciting new avenues for the University to serve its community.

I invite you to explore our accomplishments to date, to learn more about our courses, our people, our campus, and most importantly our vision and plans for the future.

I hope you like what you see. I invite you to join us on our exciting journey and I look forward to welcoming you to the University of Canberra family.

Professor Deep Saini
Vice-Chancellor and President

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