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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008

External relations

Our founding institutions

There are a number of founding institutions, particularly those which formerly trained teachers and nurses for Catholic schools and hospitals, that are very interested to remain informed of the University’s activities.

Their representatives are frequently invited to various functions such as book launches, art exhibitions and concerts on our campuses, our social justice forums and special occasions, such as the 2008 unveiling of a bronze statue of Mary MacKillop at the North Sydney Campus.

The wider Catholic Church

The University has established numerous partnerships in learning and in research with Catholic agencies, schools, hospitals, welfare and social justice groups.

A joint project to make important church documents accessible online was also launched during the year, by Church Resources (a charitable trust established by the Bishops of the Catholic Church) and the University.

The documents, written in Latin by a number of Popes and covering such subjects as faith, humanity, life and religion, are to be translated, summarised and interpreted in their historical context by ACU academics with expertise in theology, philosophy and religious education. Teachers, students and anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church are expected to benefit.

Ministerial visits

Relations with government

2008 saw a number of government visits to ACU:

  • Victorian Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Hon. James Melino opened the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science conference at the Melbourne Campus
  • Federal Treasurer Hon. Wayne Swan visited the Brisbane Campus after the announcement of 50 new Commonwealth-supported nursing and early childhood education places for the University 
  • Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Hon. Maxine McKew gave an address at the Ballarat Campus to 120 industry representatives and community members on Government plans related to her portfolio
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Hon. Julia Gillard visited the Melbourne Campus to inspect the site for future expansion and to better understand the University’s operations.
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