Flinders University is committing an additional $100 million investment for research over the next five years.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling unveiled the initiative at a ‘town hall’ meeting for University staff from campus locations and facilities across South Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria.
“This substantial investment in research complements the equivalent investment being made in education through the creation of 130 new Teaching Specialist positions equating to $100 million over five years,” Professor Colin Stirling said.
“This new research investment will build upon existing funding commitments and will further enhance our global reputation, creating opportunities for strategic international collaborations with high quality partners in academia and industry.
“These investments follow our successful restructure which builds upon solid foundations to create the agile and dynamic organisational structures that will serve the University well into the future.
“We will focus our research investment on areas of existing strength and future strategic importance.
“The additional funding will help to bring new talent to Flinders but will also provide support to existing areas of research expertise through enhanced infrastructure, seed funding and a significant increase in PhD scholarships.”
The announcement represents a significant milestone by realising a core element of Flinders University’s strategic plan Making a Difference: the 2025 Agenda.
The 2025 Agenda positions Flinders University to have a paramount focus on student success and to be a world leader in research through contributing knowledge, understanding and practical solutions that will improve lives and benefit society.
“Together, these investments in research and education transform Flinders University and are a momentous step forward as we progress our vision for Flinders University to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates,” said Professor Stirling.