ACU wins AusAID funding for Australian Leadership Award Fellowships

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

28 July 2008: Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Flagship for Creative and Authentic Leadership (FCAL) has been awarded a grant worth almost half a million dollars under AusAID's Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships.

The FCAL won the $445, 500 grant for a project titled Seeking Influential and Authentic Leaders: A professional development program in capacity strengthening for educational leaders.

The goal of the ALA Fellowships is to develop leaders who, in the short-to-medium term, will be in a position to advance key regional policy issues. A total of fourteen Fellows from Nepal, India, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, PNG and the Philippines will attend the professional development program which commenced at ACU’s Strathfield Campus (Mount St Mary) in NSW on Monday 28 July.

Fellows hold positions of leadership in their respective countries and within a range of education sectors including schools, universities, non-government organisations and government departments.

ACU’s FCAL, as the Host Organisation, will bring considerable practical and scholarly expertise in both the Australian and international environments to the Program. 

Director of the FCAL, Associate Professor Michael Bezzina, believes that the positive reception of the original 2007 program by participants and their employers was significant motivation to apply to AusAID for a second round. 

“I’m excited about the funding grant as it allows ACU to make further significant contributions to leadership development in the region.”

“The FCAL is pleased to cooperate with AusAID in building a cadre of leaders and professionals capable of advancing regional reform, development and governance, increasing the exchange of knowledge and information, and building common purpose and understanding between Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

The Program is practice-based and informed by principles and practices that contribute to effective educational leadership. Fellows will participate in an intensive professional development program, skills development, peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing, professional attachments and leadership training.

The professional attachments will be in appropriate work-based environments and aim to stimulate skills of reflective practice. In addition, Fellows will engage in workplace project activity which has been shown to have a valuable impact in strengthening the leadership capabilities and capacities of their respective organisations.

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.