Showcasing global collaboration

Published: Wednesday 22nd July 2015


The Excelsior Dance group, comprising their crafts of Dance, Music, Dramatics and Spoken word at the ACU leadership Centre in Brisbane, opening the Learning Sciences Institute Australia’s International Symposium on Reading and Reading Engagement.

Message from the Associate Vice-Chancellor (Brisbane), Professor Jim Nyland

One of the many ideas to emerge from the superbly organised International Federation of Catholic Universities conference hosted on ACU’s Melbourne campus last week was that universities need to ‘unbundle’ what they do through greater international collaboration and allow multi-disciplinary research to develop naturally rather than being forced. 

This month ACU Brisbane showcased two major events that have international collaboration and multi-disciplinary research at their heart.

The Learning Sciences Institute Australia held the International Symposium on Reading and Reading Engagement on 10th and 11th July 2015 at the ACU Leadership Centre in Brisbane.

Featuring 25 international and national presenters, the presentations engaged the more than 100 participants from industry, government, educational sectors, and schools. 

As the Keynote speaker, Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw AO highlighted learnings about how valid comparisons across countries are made and the value of connecting national and international surveys of students’ achievements.

During the symposium LSIA launched its global reading community ‘iREN’ the ‘International Reading Engagement Network’.

This network of academics, policy makers and practitioners will provide the platform for continuing the critical dialogue and learnings raised in the symposium.  The success of this event has cemented the symposium as a biannual event to be locked into your calendars for 2017!

Tomorrow evening the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (CMSR) will be formally launched at our health focused Satellite Centre in Brisbane city. 

CMSR is the Brisbane arm of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research and aims to improve the quality of life of Australians suffering from musculoskeletal conditions. 

It has an international focus (one of its clients is the European Space Agency) and is strategically positioned in the Mater precinct at Southbank, the Centre provides strong links to the Mater Physiotherapy Department, Mater/ACU Back Stability Research Clinic and Mater Research Institute. 

These links give access to multidisciplinary health services and provide the ideal platform to undertake musculoskeletal clinical translational research across the lifespan. 

Congratulations to all colleagues involved in these flagship Institutes, the outcomes of which will help the HE sector begin to ‘unbundle’ itself, producing transdisciplinary international collaborations that will have real impact on the world stage for years to come.