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Australian university in the 2015 Times
Higher Education ranking for the
world's universities under 50 years of
age. Overall, it ranked 21st out of 100,
and was nine places higher than the
next local university.
UTS:CLG draws on schools
across UTS and senior local
government practitioners, and has
a multidisciplinary approach. 'The
Centre's critical mass means we have
academics with deep specialisations
in areas such as finance and
governance, which affect local
government,' says Ryan.
UTS:CLG offers four graduate programs:
graduate certifcates in Local Government
Leadership and Development
Assessment; a Graduate Diploma in Local
Government Management; and a Master
of Local Government.
The master ’s degree, an Australian frst,
is attracting interest from aspiring local
government leaders. The program had
its frst graduates in 2014. ‘It’s a very
rich program in terms of peer learning,
and takes university-based local
government education in Australia to a
new level,' says Ryan.
Short courses are another highlight.
The UTS:CLG Continuing Education
Program had more than 300 participants
across 15 subjects last year. The program
is invaluable for local government
managers who want to enhance their
skills. The short courses are a pathway
to the Centre's postgraduate program,
and provide subject credits.
UTS:CLG also has an active seminar
program. Its Professional Education
Seminar Series attracted more than 200
participants across eight seminars in 2014.
Seminars on local infrastructure funding,
fre engineering and bushfres featured.
A proud history of research
UTS:CLG has an enviable research
record. Ryan, appointed Director of
the Centres in 2012, and Professor
Graham Sansom, the prominent local
government academic and the Centres'
previous director, have upheld a long
tradition of outstanding research.
'The Centres have demonstrated a
very signifcant research capability
that has real impact across all levels
of government, industry and the
community,' says Ryan.
A growing PhD program is adding
to this research. To attract doctoral
candidates, UTS:CLG offered two
scholarships in 2014 for local or
international students who wanted to
study local govement or a related feld.
The Centre has 10 PhD students.
Several research projects in the past
two years have attracted considerable
attention. Last year, Ryan led a team
that conducted a groundbreaking
survey of how the community perceives
local governments, and its needs and
expectations. The result was ACELG's
major piece of social research, 'Why
Local Government Matters', which shed
new light on the sector.
The ACELG research found that most
Australians value local government
more highly than either federal or
state and territory governments.
'People care deeply about local
representation -- they value having
a say over who governs them at the
local level,' says Ryan. 'Having the
capacity to decide who makes the
decisions that affect them locally is
Ryan says that Australians want local
government to be responsible for a
diversity of activities, with planning for
the future among the most important.
Other research reports on service
delivery, governance, community
participation and the environment
also provided tangible, evidence-
based results for government and
communities. A major research project
with the federal government culminated
in an award-winning resource,
'Guidelines for the Planning and
Development of Child Care Facilities'.
A strong program of industry
UTS:CLG also helps industry in a
signifcant range of public policy areas
for government-related issues through
a dedicated consulting program. It is
highly regarded for industry research
and collaboration, and has consulted
to multinationals, all tiers of Australian
government, international agencies,
the utilities sector, non-government
organisations, charities, and small and
'The philosophy of our consulting
operations is to work with partners,
develop new insights and share
knowledge,' says Ryan. 'Our industry
stakeholders use the Centre's resources
and networks to gain a deeper
understanding of public policy, and to
drive issues of relevance to them. They
recognise that the Centres are ideally
placed to work with local government
because of their history, expertise and
partnerships across the sector. It’s an
exciting time for the Centres.'
To learn more about UTS:CLG, visit
To learn more about ACELG, visit
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