The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture has released its new Strategic Plan.
The UWA Institute of Agriculture Strategic Plan 2021-2025 was developed and refined over many months, including a full-day workshop in 2020 attended by Institute partners, collaborators and leaders from UWA and the agriculture industry.
The UWA Institute of Agriculture Director, Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, said the comprehensive document would guide the Institute and its partners and collaborators to be future-focused, agile and sustainable into the future.
“As we look forward to the next decade, there is wide recognition that while we have been successful to date, the world as we know it is fundamentally changing at such a rate that the status quo will no longer suffice,” Professor Siddique said.
“We will respect and celebrate our heritage while creating future environments and experiences that reflect the innovative nature of our education and research, and the cultural richness of our diverse communities.”
UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Tim Colmer said it was a comprehensive, confident, and commendable Strategic Plan.
“I look forward to seeing The UWA Institute of Agriculture implement the Strategic Plan and continue to work with our many collaborators to further the University’s achievements in research and translation for impact in Agricultural Systems and Industries, in Australia and internationally,” Professor Colmer said.
In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020, UWA is ranked 17th in the world and number one in Australia in agriculture.
The UWA Institute of Agriculture has played a significant role in achieving this global reputation.
The Strategic Plan 2021-2025 includes a detailed overview and plan for its research themes: Sustainable Cropping Systems, Sustainable Animal Production Systems, Water for Food Production, Food Quality and Human Health, Engineering for Agriculture and Agribusiness Ecosystems.
The UWA Institute of Agriculture activities and initiatives are structured around these six interdisciplinary themes, which facilitate research, national and international links and partnerships, education and training, outreach and technology transfer.