UNSW Canberra recently established the School of Professional Studies, appointing Professor Robert Fitzgerald as Head of School.

Formerly the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education Strategy at Charles Darwin University (CDU), Professor Fitzgerald was responsible for education strategy, digital learning and academic quality across both higher education and vocational education. Robert has built an international reputation for innovation and research in technology-enhanced educational practice.  He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in education, technology and leadership with a strong reputation across government and education sectors which will enable the Canberra School of Professional Studies to establish itself quickly whilst investigating opportunities for future growth.

The approach of the new School will be to co-design high quality and innovative education products and services with stakeholders across university, government and industry bodies. This will be based on the best of entrepreneurial education, where the goal is to develop students’ capacity to create social, cultural, and economic value in response to real world problems.

The School will offer relevant and agile academic programs and professional education which reflect the needs of the modern workforce, while producing graduates who are job ready and capable of leadership and professional practice both for Canberra and a broader global community.