Swinburne University of Technology has a long history of positive engagement, both internally and externally, supported by a strong university-wide strategy and approach. The university’s strategic plan and operational structure highlights engagement with industry and community as central to achieving its vision to be ‘A world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.’
In 2016 Swinburne’s new research strategy ‘Research and Innovation Strategy 2020 – Transforming Industries, Shaping Lives and Communities’ further articulated this commitment to engagement. The Strategy and aligned work plans outline an ambitious approach to research engagement across the university, with industry and community, locally and globally. It details innovative engagement methods to grow Swinburne research excellence and reputation and to create research outputs that are readily translated to societal impact. Key innovative engagement initiatives outlined in this strategy that are creating an integrated and engaged Research and Innovation Ecosystem at Swinburne include:
• An Innovation Precinct - to encourage and integrate research-led innovation and an innovation culture across the university, linked with industry and community.
Interdisciplinary Research Institutes - to encourage and enhance our multidisciplinary engagement internally and with external partners, to enable the development of research projects that can address real-world, complex issues.
• Digital Research and Innovation Capability Platform – to create strategically differentiating digital research capability, growing expertise and forming key relationships, and linking with global industry partners.
• Expanding local and global reach - by developing partnerships with aligned research institutions and business partners to cost effectively build scale, reputation and impact reach.