University Council

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The mission of Southern Cross University incorporates a strong commitment to regional Australia, through the quality of the graduates it produces and through rich connectivity with its communities. The University draws on issues of regional relevance in delivering its teaching and research and is an 'engaged university', exchanging knowledge and ideas with surrounding communities for mutual benefit.

As a young and vibrant University, SCU has a track record of innovation and flexibility in its approach to delivering quality educational courses and services to its students. For the first time in 2015 SCU was included in the top 500 universities globally in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Report, the University achieved a stellar performance, with 24 research fields evaluated 'at world standard' or above.

As globalisation and digital platforms continue to transform the higher education sector, the University through its Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is positioning itself for the future, while demonstrating its core values of collegiality and integrity. This website provides comprehensive information about the University's structure, governance and legal framework.

On behalf of the Council of the University, I welcome you to our community.

Nick Burton Taylor AM