University of Wollongong to trim faculties

Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings. Photo: ANDREW QUILTYThe University of Wollongong will combine 11 faculties into five under a major restructure announced today.

At a lunchtime meeting attended by more than 1000 academics and general staff, Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings pitched the proposal as a way to propel the university into the top one per cent of university’s world-wide.

Under the proposed restructure, the faculties of Law, Arts and Creative Arts would be merged into a faculty called Arts, Humanities and Law.

The Commerce faculty would come under the banner of the Sydney Business School.

Engineering, Informatics and Science would be brought together into a super-faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the remaining faculties will come under the banners of Medical and Life Sciences and Human and Social Sciences.

In a press release, Prof Wellings said the proposal would “make us a more resilient university, one that is better able to negotiate the rapidly changing global higher education environment”.

He said among the challenges facing the university over the next five years was the need to ”refocus and re-invigorate” the academic profile and align it to research initiatives, deliver and grow UOW’s off-shore international program and to build and leverage partnerships for mutual benefit – including a lifelong engagement with the university’s alumni.

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