ACU and the University of Notre Dame Australia sign MoU.
Australia’s two Catholic universities, Australian Catholic University (ACU) and The University of Notre Dame Australia signed a significant agreement in Sydney on Tuesday. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recognises a desire to deepen the co-operation, collaboration and mutual support between the two universities.
Vice-Chancellors Professor Celia Hammond of Notre Dame and Professor Greg Craven of ACU signed the MoU at Cathedral House in Sydney in the presence of His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, and members of the governing bodies, executive and dignitaries from both universities.
Through the MoU, the two universities reflect a collaborative commitment to furthering their Catholic Mission and Identity; which in time may include offering courses, disciplines, practical training and experience to students; exchanges and joint appointments of staff; conducting research; sharing services and facilities; exchanging information and expertise; and facilitating mutual collaboration with other higher education Catholic institutions in Australia.
A priority area will be teacher education in Sydney, where both institutions have a presence.
Professor Hammond said the University of Notre Dame was pleased at having the opportunity to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with ACU, especially in Sydney where both universities have fast-growing and vibrant campuses.
“The development and fostering of stronger relationships between universities, nationally and internationally, is vital for every university – as it provides opportunities for collaborative excellence in student learning, research, business services, and other important university initiatives,” Professor Hammond said.
“It is hoped that this Memorandum of Understanding will see Notre Dame and ACU, both Catholic universities in Australia, continue to promote enhanced learning opportunities for their students, reflecting the values of respect, faith and service to others which continue to be demonstrated through the presence of Jesus Christ today.”
As Catholic universities steeped in the Catholic intellectual tradition, ACU and Notre Dame are united in the spirit of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the pursuit of Truth through the meeting of Faith and Reason.
Professor Craven said the two universities were naturally bound together in a relationship of shared faith, values and a commitment to academic excellence.
“The MoU is an historic event that formalises the commitment of both universities to deepen their co-operation, collaboration and mutual support. It is aimed at the sharing of services, resources, knowledge and research between ACU and Notre Dame, particularly in relation to the operations of the universities in Sydney, where each has campuses, as well as disciplines in common.
“I thank Professor Hammond for her efforts in collaborating with me on this MoU and look forward to working closely with Notre Dame in the future.”
Cardinal Pell said a prayer and blessed the Memorandum of Understanding.
“May these two universities with their diverse origins and histories enrich Australian society and the Catholic community by their creative interaction. We know that the first universities of the western world were Catholic foundations. We have received a wonderful inheritance and we pray that the staff and students of Australian Catholic University and Notre Dame University Australia will also follow these paths as the students are prepared professionally and the staff and students strive to understand the proper order of things: to differentiate the passing and the ephemeral from what is ultimately significant in the life of Christian faith,” His Eminence said.