Education and Arts
The first cohort studying for the Diploma in Liberal Studies graduated in August 2010. The students' passion for higher education throughout subsequent cohorts has remained undimmed, illustrated well by their rigorous daily study regime. When asked what they wanted to do upon completion of their Diploma, over 90 per cent of students said they wanted to go on to study for a degree.
Examples of program units include:
- English Communication Skills
- Global Environmental Change
- Introduction to Development
- Introduction to Management
- An Introduction to International Human Rights Law and Practice
- Issues in Global Health
- Well-being and Young People
- Education for Sustainability
In 2015 there were 49 students studying the current Diploma in Liberal Studies through online and face-to-face modes in two locations: Mae Sot, where ACU has a study centre, and Ranong, where the Marist Fathers supply the infrastructure for a group of disadvantaged Burmese migrants.
This program has inspired other universities to consider offering tertiary education to refugees and has been recognised by the UNHCR as a model for best practice. It is part of the University's mission to be "guided by a fundamental concern for justice and equity and for the dignity of all human beings" and is also, in ACU's view, an idea whose time has come.