Education and Arts
The Director of the second largest Centre for Refugee Studies in the world, Professor Susan McGrath, has joined ACU for a semester as the holder of the Vice-Chancellor's Visiting Professor Fellowship. Professor McGrath BA, MES, PhD is Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, Toronto which, after the Centre at Oxford University, is the world's largest centre for studies into all refugee matters.
Professor McGrath has conducted research into the resettlement experiences of Karen refugees in Canada and she will work with Duncan MacLaren, coordinator of the ACU Refugee Program on the Thai-Burma border, on a comparative study of the settlement experiences of Karen refugees in Canada and Australia.
Since 2011, York University has been a partner university offering a unit on global environmental change as part of the Diploma in Liberal Studies offered to Burmese refugee and migrant students on the Thai-Burma border. See www.acu.edu.au/thai-burma for more details.
We welcome Professor McGrath to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and to ACU.