Educating South Australia’s future leaders to tackle social issues with impact
- The Centre for Social Impact at Flinders University is launching the state’s first tertiary offering for social impact education
- Social impact education is a rapidly maturing field, equipping emerging and future leaders with knowledge and skills to help tackle today’s most challenging social issues
- Demand for professionals with these skills is growing across for-purpose, for-profit and government sectors
The Centre for Social Impact at Flinders University has launched the state’s first tertiary offering for social impact education, opening the door for South Australians seeking a career with purpose, to help tackle the pressing social issues of our time.
With growing demand among not-for-profits, businesses and governments for professionals who can lead on social challenges, opportunities to enrol in the Centre for Social Impact’s new MBA (Social Impact) and Graduate Certificate (Social Impact) have arrived at the right time.
The Centre for Social Impact has recently expanded into South Australia to develop the state’s emerging and established leaders who seek to drive social progress, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to lead transformational change across for-purpose, for-profit and government sectors.
Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith, Director of CSI Flinders, said the local launch of the new courses was an exciting moment and builds on an outstanding inaugural year for the Centre.
“The for-purpose sector is rapidly maturing, and the Centre for Social Impact at Flinders University will play an important role in helping get South Australia ready, by providing skilled professionals with the solutions to take the lead on our most challenging social issues,” he said.
“This month’s Federal Budget highlighted a deep shift is now occurring, with the announcement of a $100 million Outcomes Fund to help tackle disadvantage. Government, business, and the for-purpose sector want to work together to achieve stronger outcomes, and the Centre for Social Impact is arming the new generation to succeed.
“These graduates will have a readiness to lead and capabilities to strengthen the social impact ecosystem”.
A network of four universities, the Centre for Social Impact is Australia’s leading provider of social impact education. Enrolments around the country have recorded strong growth (excluding 2020 and 2021 when COVID-related restrictions were in effect).
Professor Romy Lawson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) at Flinders University, said the education provided by the Centre for Social Impact at Flinders would fill a critical gap in South Australia.
“There’s nothing else in this space in South Australia, but we know that demand for social impact education is strong and growing,” Professor Lawson said.
“Building capacity through education is a vital part of driving social impact. As part of the national Centre for Social Impact and through association with other universities across Australia, we are also building a powerful alumni community who have a shared understanding of how to achieve social impact and a shared ambition for success.”
Speaking at the launch, Federal Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said research and study at the Centre for Social Impact was contributing to a stronger evidence base for policy decisions.
“As a Government we’re focused on evidence-based solutions and outcomes,” she said. “Tackling issues like entrenched disadvantage requires innovation and capabilities which the Centre for Social Impact is helping to build through its excellent research and education programs.
“I’m excited to see the Centre for Social Impact taking shape at Flinders University, and look forward to the contribution its researchers and graduates will make to help drive Australia towards a brighter future.”
The Centre for Social Impact at Flinders University was established in 2022 and already has over 25 active research contracts, reflecting the strong demand for evidence to address social issues.
Enrolments for the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and MBA (Social Impact) are now officially open, with classes starting in July. Both are being offered as hybrid courses, with online elements as well as in-person classes.