Major expansion of engineering and computer science
On 8 August 2017, the University announced its interest in a major expansion of its capacity and capability in engineering and computer science. Such an expansion would see new flagship STEM research and education programs for Australia, led by outstanding academic talent, delivering cutting-edge research and education, and establishing a new role for engineering and computing at the core of interdisciplinary discovery. The Dean of CECS provided the Council with an update of this vision and the detailed business planning being developed for further consideration by Council in 2018.
Respectful Relationships at ANU
The Council discussed the Australian Human Rights Commission report: Change the course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities, and the University's response to the report. The Council expressed strong support for the Vice-Chancellor's leadership in this area, making it very clear that sexual assault and harassment will never be tolerated at the University. The AHRC made nine recommendations, all of which were accepted by ANU. A number of the recommendations had already been implemented, or with progress under way. The University also accepted the majority of a separate set of recommendations made by the ANU student associations, ANUSA and PARSA, many of which were also in the process of implementation. All recommendations are being considered for further action by the Respectful Relationships steering group.
The Council's strategic discussion topic for its September meeting was the University's objectives in advancing global engagement. It received a presentation from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) which outlined key initiatives to be pursued by the University as part of its Global Engagement Plan in the following four key areas of focus: Strategic Partnerships, Revenue Growth and Diversification, International Student Cohort Diversification, and a Globally-Engaged Student Experience. The Council noted that international liaison offices for the University have been established in the United States and China, with options being explored for Singapore and India.
Parking and Traffic Statute 2017
The Council has approved a new Parking and Traffic Statute to govern these matters on campus. The new Statute ensures that, to the extent practicable, parking and traffic on the ANU campus is harmonised with the requirements of the Australian Road Rules. The new Statute will commence on 1 January 2018. Parking rates on campus will not change as a direct result of this decision.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC