With a focus on providing an inclusive, sustainable and equitable workplace, the new charity centre at the University of Victoria will bring in a wealth of fresh talent.
But it also raises questions about whether the new institute will be successful in bringing in new graduates.
“It’s going to be challenging because you’re not going to find the kind of diversity that you’re going to get in a university setting,” said Alistair McCollum, director of the charity institute.
“We’re going into a very different world.
There’s going a lot of pressure on the industry right now.
It’s going be a difficult environment for people in the industry to come in.”
The centre will also open with a new look, with new office space and staff members joining in from other areas of the university.
“You’ll be able to see a much bigger variety of staff coming in and you’ll see a greater focus on diversity,” said McCollumber.
“I think it will be great for the university.”
McCollumer said the centre will have an opportunity to work with other charities, but he was concerned about whether they will be able keep up with the demand.
“A lot of people have been asking for that space and that opportunity, and that’s why we’re going through this,” he said.
“There are a lot more charities coming into the University.
We want to be a place where the diversity of people is valued and respected.”
The new centre will include a new office, new office staff and new equipment.
It will be open for classes starting in January.
The centre is the brainchild of Professor Paul Widdowson, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the university, who said the new centre is a welcome change for Victoria.
“As an educator, I think we need to look at how we teach and engage people,” he told ABC Radio Victoria.
Dr. Paul Widenor is a professor in the Faculty, and is the founding director of Charity Institute Victoria.
He said it was important to have a new centre for the purpose of helping new graduates gain experience.
“That will be a way to make sure that they get a strong grounding in the academic world in the new university setting, and to make a mark on the academic landscape and what the future holds,” he explained.
“What we are trying to do here is give a sense of identity to that and to encourage people to be engaged with the university as a community.”
“We have to look outwards.
We have to be thinking about the next generation, not just the first,” he added.
“This is a big leap forward for the institution, but it’s not the last.
We’ve got to keep up.”
McCullum said the university is committed to making sure the centre’s activities are open to everyone.
“The centre will be about the value of diversity and how to make it happen in the world we live in,” he noted.
“Our intention is to be open to all and to bring people in who have different backgrounds and cultures into our institution and give them an opportunity for the opportunity to have an impact in the community.”
The University of Queensland will also launch its new centre this week.
The new charity school will open next month, with students being able to attend classes and workshops.
The school, which will have a total of 25 courses, will have more than 400 full-time staff, and will also feature a library, an office and a food court.
The University’s centre will focus on teaching and learning, but the new Centre of Excellence will focus more on academics.
“Culture and identity” will be the main focus at the new center, with an emphasis on academic skills and research and the social and economic benefits of cultural diversity.
McCollumb said he believed that the centre would be a good addition to the existing campus.
“In terms of teaching, it’s an interesting idea,” he agreed.
“Students who are doing courses in the arts will have access to a lot and to be able do the course work on campus, and then have access on the campus to go out to work.”
The Centre of excellence will also be an “innovative and collaborative hub” for academics and staff, with the focus on bringing together research, teaching and service to deliver the university’s vision for the future.
“By working together and developing a common vision for our future, we can all achieve that,” he remarked.
“All of the students at the Centre of Innovation will have the opportunity of working on a common mission, and we want to see it come to fruition.”
“Cultural diversity in the workforce” will also have an important role in the university and the new centres will be based in areas such as business, healthcare and education.
“These are all areas that we are looking at, as well as the social impact and cultural diversity, and what it means to be Australian,” he concluded.
“To be successful, we have to do everything we can to ensure we are doing it