Partnerships the focus for ACU delegation

Thursday, 1 December 2011

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven spent several weeks in the United States last month visiting a number of the University’s key partners in Washington DC, New York and Connecticut.

Professor Craven met with US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in his chambers, and attended the non-argument session of court as his guest.

He also signed an agreement with Georgetown University that will allow nursing students from ACU’s North Sydney Campus to undertake a student exchange semester in Washington DC.

The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Professor Thomas Martin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), and Chris Riley, Executive Director of International.

Fairfield UniversityProfessor Greg Craven, Professor Thomas Martin and Chris Riley at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

He met with John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, and the full delegation met with Father Jeffrey von Arx, President of Fairfield University, Reverend Donald J Harrington, President of St John’s University, and Reverend Joseph McShane, President of Fordham University.

Professor Craven said the trip provided a unique opportunity to focus on deepening and broadening ACU’s relationship with its partners.

“It also gave us the chance to explore exciting new opportunities for collaboration in areas such as research collaboration, staff exchange, international community engagement and student mobility,” he said.

“As the Vice-Chancellor of a major Catholic university on the other side of the world, I was particularly struck by the focus of mission and vision that ACU shared with the institutions we visited.  This commonality forms a rock solid foundation on which to build and grow future collaboration and initiatives.”

In addition to universities, the delegation also met with the President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and with senior staff at the Australian Embassy in Washington and the American Association of Law Schools.

GeorgetownChris Riley,  Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown Law School William M Treanor, Professor Greg Craven, Professor Thomas Martin and Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Office of Transnational Programs, Adam Kolker.