Under the leadership of current Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd, who
was appointed in 2012, the University has continued its rise as a globally engaged,
locally focused institution.
In 2013 UniSA became the first university in the world to host an online brainstorming event and ideas generator – unijam. Working with IBM technology, the UniSA community contributed to a global conversation about strategies and ideas for the University’s future. The 38-hour online conversation informed UniSA’s current strategic plan, Crossing the Horizon, which was launched later that year.
It was also a big year for research in 2013, with the University appointed to lead the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing in March. Then in June, UniSA, in collaboration with SA Pathology, became home to the Centre for Cancer Biology. To cap off a successful year, UniSA made both the QS and Times Higher Education rankings for the world’s top universities under 50 years of age.
Fast becoming Australia’s University of Enterprise, UniSA announced a number of partnerships with prominent organisations in 2014, including Hewlett Packard, Hills Limited, WOMADelaide, Seeley International, ANZ and Port Adelaide Football Club.
In the same year, the University celebrated 20 years of collaboration with one of its longest-standing educational partners, the Hong Kong Baptist University.
In 2014 UniSA expanded its footprint nationally with the launch of the Institute for Choice in Sydney, a global leader in decision making and choice behaviour research.
Back in South Australia, the Jeffrey Smart Building, named after the renowned Australian artist and UniSA alumnus, opened its doors at City West campus.
Creating strong networks with industry, academia and the wider community remained a priority in 2015, with the University partnering with Basketball SA and the Jam Factory. In the international space, UniSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University College London (UCL).
The partnership with UCL also heralded the establishment of the Future Industries Institute, a new multi-million dollar research hub that is focusing on building knowledge and capacity in core future industries.
On the eve of the University’s 25th birthday, UniSA rose 16 places to rank 25 in the world in the QS World University Rankings Top 50 under 50 years. And to cap off the successful year, 97 per cent of UniSA’s evaluated research was rated “well above world standard” in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation.