School Operational Plan 2019 - 2021

Strategic GoalsKey ObjectivesMeasuresTargetsAccountability
1. Improve Quality of Education and Student OutcomesIncrease the number of commencing students 5% p.aDHOS-E, HODs, Academics involved in marketing
Students’ academic outcomes, as measured by progression, retention and average marks, are comparable to Faculty’s measures.On par or better than the FacultyDHOS-E, HODs, Course Coordinators
Make improvements based on comments raised in recent accreditation exercises All programs DHOS-E, EM, HODs, Course Coordinators
Achieve SETARA Tier 6Inline with UniversityDHOS-E, EM, HODs
Make improvements in units based on OBE/SETU commentsIncrease in SETU and OBE achievements DHOS-E, HODs, Academics
Achieve success in external design competitions1 international, 1 national competition award per discipline AHOS-SE, Academics involved in competitions
2. Increase Educational Innovation, Development and  ResearchIncrease the percentage of units offered at Monash Malaysia meet University-wide SETU standards≥85% units in each discipline and School with SETU overall satisfaction score ≥ 3.8 DHOS-E, HODs, Course Coordinators, Academics
Implement initiatives in content/delivery/learning activities/assessments and evaluate the impact on student learning20% units in each disciplineDHOS-E, HODs, Course Coordinators, Academics
Identify high impact strategic partnerships with key organisations to enrich academic and research programs and campus positioning in the region.1 connection per disciplineHODs

3.  Expand the Masters Coursework Portfolio

Develop and deliver coursework Masters programs that meet the needs of region.

Develop new Master programs2 new courses - Oil & Fat and Industry Eng DHOS-E, HODs
Ensure sufficient enrolment in existing Masters programsAs per load target in the finalised student load planMAE Coordinator

4. Excellence in Research

Increase number of active external grants

Increase number of large grants(>RM500k) (e.g. TRGS, LRGS, flagship programs, TechnoFund, CREST, Horizon, NF)

Increase number of industry, private and international funding

Increase quantity ,quality and high impact publications

Increase the proportion of quality publications with external co-authors

Increase quality and quantity of graduate research students

Improve campus MyRA

Core performance indicators CPI'123+

Overall composite CPI'123 > 75%

CPI'1 external grant > 80%

CPI'2 ISI-Q1 > 80%

CPI'3 GRS students >70%

DHOS-R, Academics

DHOS-R, HODs, Academics

DHOS-R, HODs, Academics,

AHOS-GR,DHOS-R, HODs, Academics

i) Number of external grant applications

ii) Grants awarded amount

iii) % staff holding an external grant
>80% T&R staff submitted grant application
DHOS-R, HODs, RM, Academics
Number of submission for large grant application (>RM500K)≥ 1 grant application per disciplineDHOS-R, HODs, RM, Academics
Number of successful awarded grants≥ 1 successful industry/international grant application per disciplineDHOS-R, HODs, Academics, RM, EEM
Number of high quality and high impact publications and citations≥ 2 ISI Q1-papers per staff
 ≥ 4 papers published in journals IF above 10 Increase number of citations by 20% p.a
DHOS-R, HODs, , Academic
i) International co-authors

ii) Co-authorship (MyRA) or publication published with industry

iii) Co-publications with external stakeholder- with non-Monash Unversity staff. (publication are based on indexed in WOS/SCOPUS/ERA)
Increase by 10% p.a.DHOS-R, HODs, , Academics
Number of postgraduate students enrolled, externally support, on-time completion and research outputMaintain full capacity 130 GRS
>50% on-time completion
<5  withdrawals
>50 ISI journal papers contributed by students
>30% of GRS funded externally ( Ext grants/ industry support)
> 10% increase in high quality (H1 or first class) admission
Increase commencing enrolment by 15% p.a. or per load target
Timely submission of thesis by 10 p.a.
AHOS-GR, DHOS-R, RM, , Academic
Improve campus MyRA scores by 5 points p.a.increase 5 points p.a.DHOS-R, AHOS-GR, HODs, RM

5. Strategic Research Infrastructure

Obtain accreditation for the campus research facilities and laboratories to meet industry needs for testing and service quality

Lab accreditation At least 1 infrastructure platform obtains international accreditation in 2019-2021Infrastructure Directors, DHOS-R, RM, LM

6. Talent Enhancement

High calibre research active staff in key research focused areas

Research and Teaching staff (EFT) meet research performance standards approved by campus Increase external research funding performance standards by 5% p.a.
Increase publications performance standards by 5% p.a.
Graduate Research supervision performance standards by 5% p.a.
DHOS-R, AHOS-GR, HODs, Academics
Implement the Monash University Malaysia Talent Management Strategy 2018-2020 To fill up available vacancies in Level D/E HOS, HODs

7.  Marketing and Recruitment for Coursework Masters

Develop and strategise plan to target the right markets

Offer bursaries to qualified MAE students/applicantsDevelop equity based bursaryMAE Coordinator, Campus Scholarship Committee Representative

8.  Robust Quality Management Systems

Develop and deliver excellence services to key stakeholders.

Ensure academic staff complete administrative tasks on time (non-conformance, NCR)NCR target> 80% DHOSs, HODs, SSM, Academics 

9.  Excellent Career Development Environment

Develop and deliver excellence career development opportunities to academic and professional staff

Encourage active staff engagement through transparent  policies and communication  channels. SMC meetings, School meetings, Disciplines meetings, committees, etc HOSs, DHOSs, HODs, SSM
Provide staff development opportunities for academic and professional staff.OSP, conferences, attachment, workshop, training, etc HOSs, DHOSs, HODs, SSM

1. Strengthen the Monash Student Mobility Program

Increase Opportunities for Inbound and Outbound Student Mobility, including International Internships

Increase the inbound and outbound student exchange with other Monash campuses and partner institutions by at least 10% per annum in each direction. 10% per annum AHOS-SE, CM
Increase participation in Monash-Warwick Alliance in education, research and student engagement.School to work collaboratively with ERDA on identifying opportunities for participation in Warwick allianceHOS, DHOSs, AHOSs
2.  Diversity student enrolment sources Increase the international student enrolment and further diversify the source country30% p.aDHOS-E, HODs, Academcis involved in marketing

3.  International Networks and Partnerships

Increase international research income

Fosten collaboration between Faculty of Engineering and School of Engineering

Increase international research income5% p.a.DHOS-R, HODs, RM, EEM, Academics
i) Faculty- School of Engineering travel grants

ii) Joint PhD supervision scholarship scheme
Maintain and yearly review DHOS-R, AHOS-GR, RM

1.  Increase Involvement of Industry in Education programs

Introduce a scheme to enrich student learning via strong government, industry and alumni engagement

Increase  industry engagement and alumni in education related initiatives, including guest  lectures, industry projects, seminars, joint supervision  of theses/projects and mentorship  programs.5% p.a HODs, AHOS-SE, EEM
Establish industry partner programs with at least five top movers and shakers per discipline. 5 companies per discipline HODs, EEM

2. Increase Opportunities for Leadership and Enterprising Skills Development

Scale up existing leadership program to enable students to enhance their leadership and enterprising skills.

Increase number of staff with PEng/CEng status At least 4 PEng per disciplineHODs
Revamp clubs and society activities with industry supportEstablish an umbrella society to coordinate activitiesAHOS-SE
Enhance learning through leadership programTop 5% of studentsAHOS-SE, EILP Committee
Enhance learning through mentor-mentee program All students from level 1 and 2 AHOS-SE, Course Coordinators, CM
Enhance learning through Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) 5 students per discipline AHOS-SE, UROP Committee
Engage with community through Engineering Without Borders (EWB) student chapter2 projectsAHOS-SE
Establish a cross-campus mobility program 40 participating students per year AHOS-SE

3. Innovation, Commercialisation Effort, Industry Collaborations

Support and increase commercialisation effort

Increase industry grants and contract research projects
General of IPs, commercialisation activities 10% p.a.DHOS-R, EEM, Academics
Industry / private research income Achieve at least 10 contracted research by industry/other partiesDHOS-R, HODs, EEM, Academics

1. Develop an Alumni Engagement Plan for Education

Work with External Engagement to obtain philanthropic support for scholarships, mobility travel support, education research & infrastructure development and participation in education and students programs.

Ensure Alumni are included in the industry advisory panel1 alumni per discipline - maintain and yearly review DHOS-E, HODs
Increase the number of alumni who are engaged with the School alumni network and increase the number of high profile alumni who are engaging with schools, platforms and campus. 20% per annumHODs

2. Improve Gender Balance of Academic Staff and Students

Encourage more female students and staff in the School
Increase the proportion of female teaching and research staff 30%HOS, HODs
Increase the percentage of female students 25% DHOS-E, HODs, Academcis involved in marketing

3. Connection and Belonging

Advancing ECR research career

Increase diversity

Mentorship and support for early career  researcher  (ECR)Provide adequete resources and support for ECR  DHOS-R, RM
Identify champions to contribute to campus diversity strategy.  1 per discipline HODs


  • HOS: HOS Head of School
  • DHoS-E: Deputy Head of School (Education)
  • DHoS-R: Deputy Head of School (Research)
  • AHoS-GR: Associate Head of School (Graduate Research)
  • AHoS-SE: Associate Head of School (Student Experience)
  • HOD: Head of Discipline
  • SSM: Senior School Manager
  • EM: Education Manager
  • RM: Research Manager
  • LM: Lab Manager
  • CM: Course Manager
  • EEM: External Engagement Manager
  • EAC: Engineering Accreditation Council Malaysia
  • EA: Engineers Australia
  • OBE: Outcome Based Education
  • CQI: Continuous Quality Improvement
  • UROP: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • EWB: Engineers Without Borders
  • MAE: Master of Advanced Engineering