Page 2457 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 9 August 2016

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To help CIT to continue to remain strong in an ever-changing world, the government introduced a new independent board for CIT. The board has been in place for just over 12 months now and is driving significant internal change as well as giving CIT the autonomy, flexibility and responsiveness to meet its challenges in more innovative and efficient ways.

I was pleased to recently join with the CIT board at the launch of Strategic compass 2020: evolving together, which articulates the board’s strategic priorities and includes four elements that we would all agree to be fundamental in any plan to guide CIT as an organisation into the future. These four elements are shaping change by raising our ambitions to meet new expectations; growing our region’s economy by adapting our offerings to provide skills for the future; advancing Canberra’s workforce by contributing to the new economy and positioning for prosperity; and transforming our business by investing in our business for viability and value. Clearly the CIT strategic compass sets out what the CIT board considers are critical elements to CIT evolving with and within the Canberra community.

To help support this, I was pleased to recently also agree to the release of additional funds from the national partnership on skills reform to support CIT to deliver this strategic agenda and its reforms, including its reforms for campus modernisation.

Supporting the learning needs of our community is critical to CIT, and CIT’s vision for campus modernisation is about exploring how to do this more effectively into the future to maximise resources for teaching and learning. Students remain central to the work and planning of CIT, and it is their needs which are at the heart of CIT’s campus modernisation plans. CIT is committed to ensuring that their learning experience is the best that can be and best meets their needs.

There is a demand for a tertiary environment that can respond to the changing aspirations, life experience and social expectations of students. Students have become more independent, taking on responsibility for their own learning journey with a desire to be self-directing. Recognition of this in CIT’s educational model will guide the future development of the CIT campus and its learning environments. To this end, CIT is looking to develop centres of excellence which will provide a contemporary experience for students and take advantage of the unique settings of each of its campuses.

The Bruce campus will become the centre of excellence in health and horticulture, having made significant investments in horticulture on that campus. The campus is located close to not only Calvary Hospital but the new University of Canberra public hospital, providing opportunity to CIT allied health, dentistry and nursing students in an evolving health precinct. Bruce campus is also home to the national centre for forensic science, which brings together expertise from CIT, the University of Canberra and the Australian Federal Police.

Reid will host the centre of excellence in professional services and hospitality. It is an ideal place given its location close to the heart of the CBD.

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