The University has been negotiating a new degree and scholarship program with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Council agreed that the project could only be supported on the basis that ANU did not compromise its academic integrity, autonomy and freedom, and that the program had academic merit consistent with its status as one of the world's great universities.
Council received an update from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on progress concerning the Academic Plan. Key features of the update included: supporting academic staff in teaching and leadership, and the delivery of new or renovated spaces that reflect innovative approaches to learning and teaching. Significantly, Academic Board has also approved the introduction of an evidence-based, globally innovative approach to undergraduate domestic admissions, scholarships and accommodation which was launched on 30 May. Work is also well advanced on a digital learning strategy as well as recruitment, retention and development strategies for academic staff.
Humanitarian Health Hub
Dr Kamalini Lokuge and Professor Emily Banks delivered a presentation on the ANU Humanitarian Health Hub. Currently, humanitarian health delivery is based on an emergency response in a crisis, with solutions often rushed, resulting in poor consultation with local area health service providers and affected communities. The ANU Hub is a unique approach that transforms the very infrastructure of humanitarian health delivery and improves health outcomes for poorly resourced regions globally. The hub consists of multidisciplinary, cross-institutional experts - anthropologists, economists, engineers, medical doctors, all with a proven record of delivering health crisis solutions in extremely challenging circumstances. The hub has the potential to improve health outcomes for people in desperate need and prevent health crises before they occur.
ANU Innovation Hub
Universities across Australia and the world are acknowledging the benefits of partnering with industry in innovation precincts. In order for the University to capture the transformative impact of research, attract a modern generation of students, staff and visitors, it is seeking to create spaces on campus that will allow collaboration and innovation to thrive.
The University is exploring ways in which it can develop a network of translational and innovation spaces across the ANU campus that links to a local facility that can best project the University's engagement strategy. Council will receive further updates as proposals develop.
Council also considered developments with respect to ANU Counselling Services, plus a range of periodic financial and administrative reports.
Reconciliation Week Lecture
Following the Council meeting, members visited the China in the World Centre to hear ANU's inaugural Indigenous Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr Virginia Marshall, deliver the Reconciliation Lecture.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC