Our vision

We're driven by the pursuit of excellence in research and education for a just and equitable society.

 Canberra

Canberra’s vision

Canberra aims to deliver ’s strategic vision: to improve lives globally, through innovative research, transformative education and commitment to a just society.

Canberra’s mission is to support lifelong learning through innovation and engagement whilst leveraging our location to build meaningful relationships across Defence, industry, government and academia. We aim to create inclusive communities focused on solving real-world problems by supporting our people in leadership and research excellence. 

Our commitment to these objectives aligns with .

High-quality education

Providing a high-quality education is the core business of Canberra. 

Our strength in defence and security, teaching and research, gives our graduates a competitive edge. We've educated those at the top of Defence, government and industry for more than 50 years, with courses designed and taught by some of the world's leading academics in their field.

Research excellence

We have a diverse research community, passionate about tackling complex 21st-century challenges from artificial intelligence and capability systems to cyber security and war studies. Discover how we generate critical breakthroughs, shed light on social and ethical challenges, and forge the path for future discoveries in defence capabilities.

We help strengthen and secure Australia’s future through our unique partnerships with Defence and the defence industries. Our research addresses and delivers solutions to some of the world’s most complex defence and security problems.

International leadership

As an Australian university with international standing we:

  • broaden the student experience by recruiting international students of the highest calibre
  • support researchers to collaborate with the best in their fields internationally
  • form strategic partnerships with select international universities and specialist institutions
  • tackle important global problems through our research and equip students to be leaders in their fields.

Unique defence focus

As the official education provider for the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra has been educating and preparing global leaders since 1967.   

We’re committed to:

  • enhancing the intellectual edge of Australia’s Defence Force
  • supporting ’s Joint Professional Military Education program
  • developing future global leaders.

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