Technological disruption changes everything. It sweeps away systems and challenges traditions. Yet the biggest creator of wealth and prosperity in the 21st century will be technology. Although it has upended the future of work and changed the way we look at the future, technology creates good jobs and new opportunities. And because we teach the new professionals who will run this new world of work, UniSA is changing too.

For years our programs have prepared students for professional careers. For the past five years we have reviewed and reshaped them to give our students a head start on their new careers. 

Now – with Enterprise25, the plan for our future – we’re building new structures to support those programs and to use them in new multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary ways.

We aim to educate students to become critical learners, to give them the intellectual capacity to make an immediate impact in their chosen careers and prepare them to adapt to changing workplace circumstances.

To do this we have focused totally on our programs, aiming to make them the best in the world. We have created seven new academic units with the interdisciplinary mix that builds collaboration and innovation.

Those seven academic units are:

UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences where programs in Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Medical Sciences, Laboratory Medicine, and Nutrition and Food Science are informed by research in areas such as quality use of medicines, cancer, safety and quality in health care, mental health and maternal and child health. The unit is very well positioned to meet emerging critical health needs, both nationally and globally.

UniSA Allied Health and Human Performance will offer programs in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Medical Radiation Sciences, Sonography, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Sport Science and Human Movement. Graduates will provide an important future health workforce in rehabilitation, disability, health promotion, chronic disease management, pain, wellbeing, and high-performance sport. This academic unit will devise new programs that meet the health needs of the future in areas such as speech pathology, prosthetics and biomechanics. 

The unit’s research strengths will include pain sciences, evidence translation, rehabilitation, high performance in sport, genetic epidemiology, big data analytics and cancer. It will also host the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity.

UniSA STEM offers programs across Engineering, Information Technology, Aviation, Environmental Science, Science, Mathematics, Construction and Project Management. It will capitalise on research and graduate employment opportunities in the technology industries of the future, including defence and aerospace, advanced manufacturing, cyber security and data science, sustainable infrastructure and provide graduates with the project management and systems engineering skills needed to support them. Industrial AI will be based in UniSA STEM and the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments will be jointly located across UniSA STEM and UniSA Creative.

UniSA Creative will offer the program areas of Design, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Communication, Journalism, Media Arts and Creative Industries, and the creative and cultural studies areas across the arts.

It will be informed by research that explores the creative, cultural and artistic complexities of our world and their increasing significance for community engagement, quality of life, jobs, income, regional and urban regeneration and policy development.

Our Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments will be jointly located across UniSA STEM and UniSA Creative.

UniSA Education Futures will offer programs currently based in the School of Education including Teaching and Languages, and the Foundation Studies and Diploma programs from UniSA College.

The unit will lead research activities in education, literacy and languages. In collaboration with the program areas that provide teaching pathways across the other academic units (for example across Business, Arts, Human Movement, Psychology, Health, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and IT), this change will ensure our graduates are well prepared for careers that address key workforce and skill shortages in national priority areas.

UniSA Justice and Society will strengthen synergies between Law, Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, Social Sciences and Aboriginal Studies. This will enable the development of existing and new specialised areas of critical social need including human rights and social justice, child protection and youth justice, criminology and criminal justice, domestic and family violence, wellbeing, ageing, disability, and diversity.

The Australian Centre for Child Protection will be based in UniSA Justice and Society. The Centre for Workplace Excellence will be located across both UniSA Business and UniSA Justice and Society.

UniSA Business will include the program areas of Marketing, Management, Accounting, Finance, Tourism, and Human Resource Management. The MBA and Executive Education programs will continue to strengthen engagement with the professions. This academic unit will have increased capacity to support graduate career development and extend program offerings in areas that support the state’s aspirations for future industry development, including innovation and entrepreneurship, business analytics and service management.

The Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, the Australian Centre for Asian Business, the Centre for Business Growth and the Centre for Tourism and Leisure Management will all be based in UniSA Business. The Centre for Workplace Excellence will be located across both UniSA Business and UniSA Justice and Society.

The new structure, to be launched in April next year, is creative, collaborative and innovative. It’s how UniSA, Australia’s University of Enterprise, becomes unstoppable.