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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008

Recognition for community engagement

AUQA Commendation

In 2008, The Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) reviewed the University for the second time. Its report noted that:

There is a high awareness and shared understanding of the Mission, which gives the inspiration and impetus to the provision of quality learning experiences, including pastoral care for students and a responsive and positive interaction with the wide range of ACU community partners.

There are a number of laudable community engagement activities in which staff and students participate.

Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics

Each year ACU awards the Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics ($10,000) for serious, intellectual investigation of theoretical or practical ethical issues contributing to the understanding and development of ethical standards.  

The 2008 prize went to Garrett Cullity, the author of The Moral Demands of Affluence (OxfordUniversity Press), which examines whether, and to what extent, well-to-do individuals are obliged to help others less fortunate.

Award for interfaith relations

The University received an Award for Excellence in Academia from the Australian Intercultural Society, in recognition of the Universitys contribution to interfaith relations. The award was presented at a Ramadan Iftar dinner in September, hosted at Melbournes Government House by the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser AC.

The University, has hosted numerous interfaith conferences, has interfaith staff and courses and has developed a new curriculum for schools to promote interfaith education, all of which were considered as grounds for the award.

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