Professor Helen Sullivan is the Director of Crawford School of Public Policy.
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Crawford School launched its new Strategic Plan at a spectacular event on Thursday 1 May marked with speeches from College Dean Professor Michael Wesley, outgoing Chancellor Professor Gareth Evans, Sally Moyle of CARE Australia, Crawford student Kent Primor and School Director Professor Helen Sullivan.
The School’s Strategic Plan will guide its operations until 2023, and sets out a clear direction that emphasises focusing on and developing the School’s major strengths – world-class research, outstanding education, and strong public engagement in the policy issues affecting the world. The plan highlights three key themes for the school - sustainability, integrity, and capability.
The launch was attended by around 250 people drawn from the public service, NGOs, and academia.
The plan was officially launched by Sally Moyle, the Chief Executive of Care Australia. Sally has extensive experience in international development policy and practice, and around 20 years’ experience addressing gender issues both domestically and in international development.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Evans welcomed the new plan.
“The Crawford School Strategic Plan lays down strong foundations for what it describes, with encouraging ambition, as the ‘next stage of [its] evolution as one of the elite public policy schools in the world’ – elite in its research, research training, education, staffing and governance, and in external engagement and impact,” he said.
Crawford School Director Professor Helen Sullivan said the plan represents more than two years of work with extensive consultation of staff, students, and external stakeholders.
“This is a proud moment for the School. This Strategic Plan is a clear vision of where we are now as a School, and where we are going.
“Society faces some really significant challenges. To answer those challenges will need scholarship of the highest standards, and students qualified to tackle the big issues and find solutions. We have that at Crawford, and our students are those people.
“The quality of this plan is a reflection of the hard work that everyone around the School has put into it – both academic and professional staff.”
Professor Sullivan also took the opportunity to announce a new initiative for the School – a one-year project aimed at supporting local charities. Over the next year the School will conduct a number of fundraising initiatives for two charities chosen by staff – Women with Disabilities in the ACT, and the Early Morning Centre on Northbourne Avenue.
To read the Crawford School Strategic Plan 2019-2023, click here.