Provost Professor Pauline Nugent explains how IFCU has helped ACU build a strong network of partners around the world.
In the wake of the highly successful 25th General Assembly of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) and a number of other important international university gatherings that were hosted by ACU at our Melbourne Campus in July 2015, our Provost Pauline Nugent explains how the University is putting itself on the world map.
ACU hosted four events during a two-week period including the 25th IFCU General Assembly and related events, which was a way of encouraging greater participation, engaging domestic and international stakeholders and providing fora to explore related themes in more depth.
ACU’s flagship event, the Presidents’ Roundtable, focused on internationalisation and collaboration and was highly successful. Related themes across all events included the unifying power of the Catholic mission, the power of community engagement and higher education leadership. The official theme of the IFCU General Assembly, “Times Change, Values Endure” integrated a number of these themes.
- ACU’s Core Curriculum
- ACU’s suite of Community Engagement work
- ACU’s work in establishing an offshore centre with The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Rome; a unique tripartite endeavour
- work of ACU’s faculties offshore in varied offshore markets
- work of ACU’s International Directorate in establishing a vast network of international partnerships
- ACU’s Internationalisation Strategy
- ACU’s successful enrolment profile within a domestic context that is secular in nature.
- Development of formation courses for our staff and students in conjunction with offshore partners.
- A renewed focus on academic internationalisation, through forming closer relationships with leading Catholic higher education institutions. Drawing on the strengths of leading Catholic universities across the world, ACU will further and deepen our reach, presence and academic strength through international collaboration. This would be achieved via collaboration across various international education models across varied geographic regions, unified by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
- ACU has developed an integrated Internationalisation Strategy which provides overarching focus and direction to the University’s international activities and aligns with and informs the University’s Strategic Plan and Mission. The strategy includes objectives, outcomes and timelines. Of particular interest is the University’s idea of the International Classroom, where the aim is to ensure that all of our students have international perspectives and experiences integrated into their study experience even if they don’t have the opportunity to travel abroad.
- International Community Engagement is an established and growing feature of faculty internationalisation. For example our Faculty of Health Sciences has been running a very successful “Future in Youth Program” in Timor-Leste, which involves Exercise Science students engaged in sports training (soccer) with local children, linked to ACU’s Exercise Science curriculum. This Faculty also offers a “Barefoot Nursing” program in East Timor for our nursing students; as well as a new offering in Uganda to begin in 2015 for ACU’s Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Students. Importantly, these community engagement opportunities can dovetail as practical placements, fulfilling the students’ discipline accreditation requirements.
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