Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven met with the Prefect for the Congregation for Catholic Education Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi in Rome in September to discuss ACU’s new Rome Centre and other higher education issues.
Cardinal Versaldi is the Vatican’s most senior education official and is responsible for Catholic education in the Church around the world, including Catholic universities.
Professor Craven updated Cardinal Versaldi on ACU’s hosting of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, ACU’s 25th Anniversary, and gave an overview of the University in the context of higher education in Australia.
Professor Craven also had meetings with Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani who is Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education (second-highest official), and attended the IFCU Conference in Melbourne. He also met with Fr. Frederich Bechina who is the Undersecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education.
Professor Craven said the high-level meetings were successful in raising awareness about ACU’s progress on the international stage and follows the University’s internationalisation strategy.
“Our Strategic Plan 2015-2020, has a stated goal of ensuring that ACU is a leading Catholic university internationally,” Professor Craven said.
“The triennial International Federation of Catholic University General Assembly we hosted in Melbourne this year significantly raised ACU’s international profile and while we were in Rome we had senior-level discussions that directly resulted from us hosting this event.
“There was significant interest in our international collaboration with the Catholic University of America in establishing the Rome Centre.
“We also discussed our community engagement program and how this was central to ACU living its Mission as a Catholic university.”