08 September 2016Share
Message from the Provost Professor Pauline Nugent.
I am pleased to share with you some recent highlights from my portfolio:
Rome Centre developments and academic programs
Over the last few months, my portfolio has been busy working on various aspects of our joint Rome Centre including the Centre’s academic strategy, academic programs, risk planning, chapel renovation, garden restoration, staffing, policy development and stakeholder events.We also continue to improve logistical support for ACU programs to ensure the overall well-being of our students, faculty/staff and stakeholders, as well as provide an excellent learning and teaching environment at the Centre.
We have worked closely with colleagues in the Research Directorate. The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) organized a three-day seminar entitled “The Emergence of the Christian Intellectual” which attracted 15 scholars and researchers from leading universities in Australia, the US and Europe.
During the winter break from June to August this year, seven academic programs were held at the Rome Centre attracting 110 students and 13 academics. Under collaborative arrangements, ACU and CUA worked closely to develop aligned activities for these units and utilised extensive networks in Rome and beyond to provide rich learning experiences for participants. Some key academic program highlights include:
ACU alumnus Fr Lewi Barakat giving art students a personal tour of St Peter’s Basilica. Fr Barakat is an Australian priest studying in Rome and a former ACU Exercise Science student.
Catholic Education Melbourne staff during one of their site visits as part of the Catholic Education: Mission, Culture & Spirituality program in Rome.
ACU at ASEACCU 2016 Conference in Broome
ACU participated in the 2016 Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) Annual Conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame Australia in their Broome Campus from 22-28 August.
ACU’s Gold Sponsorship of this important regional gathering of Catholic universities was supported by the Vice-Chancellor and President.
Hosted by the University of Notre Dame Australia, ACU's delegation comprised four students and a number of academics/professional staff from our various campuses. It was an excellent opportunity for our students and staff to network, strengthen existing collaboration, and establish new relationships with colleagues from other participating universities in the region.
Professor Anne Cummins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Students, Learning, and Teaching gave a presentation on ACU’s academic, student learning and teaching, and research profile. ACU’s Rev Professor Deni Edwards, Professorial Fellow in Theology was the main conference keynote speaker. His presentation on Pope Francis’s Theology of the Land expressed in Laudato si was very well received. Identity and Mission Director Fr Anthony Casamento csma and ACU International Executive Director Chris Riley chaired strategic planning breakout sessions on Campus Ministry and Community Development and International Collaboration, respectively.
The event was an excellent platform to promote the University and enhance our reputation as a leading Catholic university in the region.
ACU staff and students at the ASEACCU 2016 Conference in Broome. - See more at: http://www.acu.edu.au/staff/our_university/newsroom/staff_news_item/rome_centre_developments_and_academic_programs#sthash.g4T0r8s7.dpuf