ACU to train Asian education leaders of tomorrow

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Sydney, 2 May 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been awarded $423,500 by the Australian Government to train Asia's next generation of education leaders.

A total of 11 current and aspiring leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and East Timor will converge on ACU’s Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary) in July this year, to take part in a leadership development program and learn about issues and challenges facing the Asia-Pacific education sector.

The program – entitled Mastering the new basics in education leadership – will be carried out by ACU’s Flagship for Creative and Authentic Leadership and is funded via AusAID’s Australian Leadership Awards fellowship program.

ACU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) Professor Peter Wilson said the program was a great example of Australian education professionals sharing knowledge and building understanding with their international counterparts for a worthwhile cause.

“This program is all about strengthening the delivery of education across the Asia-Pacific region – at the school, university and government level – through a combination of theoretical and practical leadership training for individuals working in the sector,” Professor Wilson said.

“Each of the participants is a current leader or aspiring mid-career professional from Asia who has considerable input into the shaping and delivery of his or her country’s educational services. Through the program, they will learn how to better manage the competing demands of education bureaucracies and their communities by gaining an insight into the Australian model.

“ACU is delighted at the strong support of AusAID and proud to deliver this important training program for the benefit of the region.”

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.