Our strategy

University of Sydney Strategic Plan 2011-2015

Strategy Fourteen: Develop and implement a coordinated University-wide framework for local and rural community engagement

Our engagement in both local and rural areas is diverse and valuable, from research and outreach to student placement and professional development. As we deepen our commitment to engaged enquiry, our aim is to identify those local and rural communities with which we can most fruitfully partner across a range of initiatives. We will identify a number of communities with whom we have existing links, particularly those where we already have a physical presence, and build stronger University-wide cooperation with them across a range of activities.


Regional road
  1. Establish an Office of Community Engagement to create and cultivate meaningful and sustainable community partnerships, consistent with our research and education mission.
  2. Conduct an audit of current community engagement programs throughout the University, including those in rural and remote areas, to focus future activity in community engagement.
  3. Identify a sustain able number of projects that include opportunities for education and research activities (in consultation with external groups) that will directly engage local residents, students, staff and alumni.
  4. Embed strategies for community-engaged learning within the curricula of the University through the process of curriculum renewal.
  5. Increase our stakeholders' understanding of the University's mission, goals and messages through the implementation of an integrated marketing and communications plan.
  6. Include in the campus master planning process consideration of the infrastructure required to create and sustain a viable cultural precinct.