The Southern Knowledge Transfer Partnership Office was established in 2009 and is part of the Vice-Chancellors's Office.
The team is dedicated to developing and enhancing sustainable two-way partnerships between Flinders University and the wider southern Adelaide community.
We support Flinders staff and students to increase their engagement with regional business, community, education and government organisations in a partnership approach designed to deliver improved skills, knowledge and innovation:
- we work to raise awareness among regional stakeholders about Flinders' commitment to collaborations within the region
- we are a portal to the University, linking local government, community organisations and businesses in southern Adelaide with the University's teaching and research capabilities
- we collaborate with schools, TAFE and other registered training organisations in the region to raise aspirations about higher education pathways
SKTP covers the Southern Adelaide Region which emcompasses:
- the Local Government Areas of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham and Onkaparinga - For further information refer to map of Southern Region Local Government Areas (PDF 854KB)
- all or part of the State Government Electorates of Ashford, Bright, Davenport, Elder, Fisher, Heysen, Kaurna, Mawson, Mitchell, Morphett, Reynell and Waite
- all or part of the Federal Government Electorates of Boothby, Hindmarsh, Kingston and Mayo
SKTP was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Flinders University until 30 June 2012, after Flinders University was successful in winning a $3.25 million grant from the DEEWR Diversity and Structural Adjustment Fund in late 2008. It is now funded by the university.
The Southern Knowledge Transfer Partnership Office will facilitate two-way partnerships that develop and implement:
- curriculum reforms that will reflect the knowledge needs of the region
- an integrated regional approach and strategy for increasing participation by young people in university
- strategic and specific workforce development approaches that are aligned with the economic framework developed in consultation
with the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board, focussing on key priority industry clusters; advanced manufacturing, environmental industries, medical devices, education, food, wine & tourism and health, in the region
- strategic work-integrated learning opportunities for students and organisations through mentoring, placements and knowledge exchange programs
As a result of the initiative, teaching and research efforts at Flinders University will closely reflect the needs of the southern region.
There will be an increase in work-integrated learning opportunities within the region, and sustainable, long-term relationships will be formed between the University and regional stakeholders.