Sydney announces senior Indigenous appointment

4 April 2011

In April 2011, Professor Shane Houston joined the University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services). Read the news release.

From the Vice-Chancellor regarding faculty changes

9 December 2010

As we foreshadowed in our Strategic Plan 2011–2015, in January 2011 the University of Sydney will implement a major new strategy in relation to teaching and research in business and the social sciences.

Under these changes, the discipline of Economics, the Centre for International Security Studies and the Graduate School of Government – currently all in the Faculty of Economics and Business – will move to the Faculty of Arts, which will be renamed the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. At the same time, the Faculty of Economics and Business will be renamed The University of Sydney Business School.

In doing this, we are not simply moving deckchairs or changing nomenclature. This strategic initiative is designed to ensure the University will remain a leader in these important fields, and to strengthen teaching and research in both faculties, delivering opportunities for academics and students alike.

By investing in Economics, the University will be supporting the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as it builds a critical mass to create a more rigorous and connected program of social sciences education and research. The University already has extraordinary breadth and depth in the social sciences, but we haven’t been able to make the most of this capacity because it has been scattered across so many faculties. The transfer of the Centre for International Security Studies, the Graduate School of Government and Economics, a fundamental discipline, into a larger social sciences grouping will place the University at the forefront of social science teaching and research in the region.

At the same time, the Business School will be able to sharpen its already well-developed focus on business, management and professionally related education, further strengthen its links with the business community, and position itself alongside other world-class business education institutions in an increasingly competitive global market. Programs like the Master of Management and the Global Executive MBA will be able to carve out a distinctive offering, and the school will be focused to respond to the rapid changes in business education and research which are currently sweeping the globe. As part of the University’s commitment to the student experience, we will ensure that students in the Business School will still be taught by the very best Economics academics, regardless of the administrative structure.

As the pace of global change increases and the forces which drive that change become more complex, it is essential that we re-examine our approach to teaching and research in business and the social sciences to ensure that we continue to anticipate trends, solve problems and increase our understanding of difficult social issues. I am confident that this new disciplinary structure will increase our capacity to make a difference.

Dr Michael Spence
Vice-Chancellor and Principal