Geraldine Doogue Explores ACU Thai-Burma Education Program
Published: Tuesday 14th November 2017
They heard guest interviewer, Geraldine Doogue, investigate details of ACU’s unique education program for refugees on the Thai- Burma border with Prof. Michael Ondaatje, Head of the National School of Arts; Maya Cranitch, Hon. Fellow, ACU School of Education and former coordinator of the program; Dr Duncan Cook, current coordinator of the program.
The ACU Liberal Arts Diploma program has graduated almost 200 students and has 55 students in its 2017-2018 intake. The ACU Diploma is the only tertiary program which provides internationally accredited qualifications allowing refugee students to progress to further study.
The audience heard how the program has a 100% completion rate of students most years and students are achieving high grades, with high distinctions not uncommon.
A highlight of the event was when a graduate of the program, Muriel Valles, joined the conversation by Skype and told Geraldine that her life has changed since she undertook the ACU program, leading to her now studying at the University of Wollongong as part of an overseas element to her further studies in Hong Kong. She wants to one day be the leader of a Non-Government Organisation and give something back to her people.