Provost Update

Published: Tuesday 10th June 2014

Provost trip to China

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you some highlights from the work of the Office of the Provost in recent months and to foreshadow some exciting developments.

Enrolment Plan 2015-2020

The ACU-wide Enrolment Planning process (2015-2020) has now begun. My office is leading this work and will collaborate closely with colleagues across ACU including faculties, OPSM, associate vice-chancellors, the International and Infrastructure Directorates and Student Administration.

The Enrolment Plan has been established as a key management tool for ACU and we will begin mapping anticipated student load across the university.

Three key strategic meetings are planned between June and August to work on the development of the Enrolment Plan, in particular to shape load across campuses, organisational units, disciplines and funding sources.

Faculties are also working closely with my Office on the design of midyear strategies to boost enrolments and to take advantage of articulation arrangements with vocational partners to position the university strongly into the 2015 admission cycle.

I look forward to working with a large number of colleagues on this critical work.

Success in China

Professor Michelle Campbell, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and I have just returned from visiting China in May where we met our counterparts from several top universities in Shanghai and Beijing. ACU has agreements with nine Chinese universities and this visit was part of our internationalisation strategy to expand offshore partnerships and increase opportunities for international experiences for staff and students.

A highlight was the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Tongji University in Shanghai, which has many matched areas of study with ACU. These include health sciences, arts, business, law, and philosophy.

Others included in the visit were Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BCUM), Peking University Health Science Centre and Hunan University of Chinese Medicine. Our Bachelor of Nursing students are visiting BUCM later this year for a two-week traditional Chinese medicine study tour.

ACU hosting the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) General Assembly, Melbourne 2015

Following ACU’s successful bid to host the 25th IFCU General Assembly in 2015, preparations are underway for this major forum to be held in Melbourne.

IFCU is an association of 212 universities and institutions of the higher education sector whose members are drawn from nearly 60 countries. This general assembly is held every three years and is an opportunity for senior university representatives to collaborate and reflect, to consider the principal mission of a Catholic university, and to discuss challenges facing their institutions.

Earlier this year I was invited to visit Washington DC to meet Reverend Michael J Garanzini, the President and CEO of Loyola University Chicago and President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. ACU will now also be supporting the Jesuits Conference and the Presidents’ Roundtable as satellite forums to IFCU.

To ensure oversight of this growing international series of events, I am working closely with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins, Associate Vice-Chancellor (Melbourne campus) Dr John Ballard, the International Directorate, Identity and Mission and other teams within ACU to prepare for what is developing as a memorable series of events in 2015.

These events also dovetail with ACU’s 25th anniversary celebrations next year, creating an unprecedented opportunity to position the university among key Catholic partners on an international stage. In particular, ACU’s Core Curriculum will be showcased as a key link to other Catholic partners through our mission and values.