“As the challenges before us become even more complex, dynamic and networked, people with the capability to conceive of jobs that do not yet exist and to work with and across disciplines, become highly prized as agents to envision and enact change.
Our vision at UTS’s Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation (FTDi) is to advance learning beyond the traditions of the disciplines, push boundaries and explore how we work in terms of transdisciplinarity to create new solutions for a future world.
We offer a unique style of learning with the opportunity to engage in collaborative learning across disciplines, work on real briefs from our industry partners and to connect with real local, national and global start up culture.
Our courses are based on extensive research into the future economy and consultation with industry ensuring that you gain the adaptability, resilience, entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking that’s required to thrive. Transdisciplinary skills are increasingly being seen as necessary in the jobs of the future, and demanded by employers as a key graduate capability.
In forming the Faculty, UTS has taken the lead in educating the next generation of remarkable people to lead change in what we already recognise is a new industrial revolution... in fact a new technological revolution, a revolution of work, ideas and of course education”.
Professor Louise McWhinnie: The world is an increasingly complex place, as is the world of work, and that complexity alone requires different types of approaches.
Professor Louise McWhinnie: We find that one discipline alone is not enough to address those complex challenges. For example The Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation has students from 25 of the university's top degree programs working together to solve complex problems.
Professor Louise McWhinnie: Every subject within the faculty has an industry partner that engages with that subject at this stage we have over 500 industry partners with the faculty alone the employment rate has been incredibly good.
Professor Louise McWhinnie: I mean for Animal Logic alone those students 90 percent of them were employed within three to four weeks of graduating there's a huge difference in the sheer agility that students need as they graduate now and it's a hugely different workplace and work future.
Professor Louise McWhinnie: My parents had jobs for life but these students will have a life of jobs that's incredibly different the range of job titles that we've seen our students graduating in to have been absolutely incredible.
Professor Louise McWhinnie: We have a terrific alumni less than one year out they're already coming back into the university they run hackathons, they're mentoring students - our alumni is incredibly important to us.
Professor Louise McWhinnie: They're agents of change and that's why they wish to stay connected to the University and we wish to stay connected to them.