Australian Catholic University (ACU) sponsors and hosts Clemente Australia, working in partnership with community, education, business and government organisations and individual volunteers.

Clemente Australia is part of an international Clemente network based in the USA. The Clemente Course in the Humanities organisation in the USA is the international base for Clemente, which has been introduced in Canada, Australia, South Korea, Mexico and Argentina.

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Aims and goals

Clemente aims to break the cycle of poverty, inequality and social injustice for people experiencing complex life challenges through access to university education. The achievement of studying Humanities subjects at a university level for a person who has been living on the edge of society can be truly transformative.

Clemente's goals are to:

  • enhance participants’ self-confidence through rigorous learning, bringing about personal change
  • promote a positive view of the future for those who have been marginalised from society, thus enabling them to re-engage with society
  • make university education accessible to disadvantaged Australians
  • use the potential of humanities education to change lives and promote social inclusion
  • engage in genuine inter-sectoral collaboration for the benefit of disadvantaged Australians.

Hear first-hand the impacts and benefits of Clemente

Professor Zlatko Skrbis Vice-Chancellor and President
The broad approach to education we offer at ACU reflects our core values of truth, academic excellence and service. This is especially evident in programs that remove barriers to university participation and success; and engage marginalised people in the ACU community and the wider society. Clemente Australia is one such program. It demonstrates the reciprocal and enriching nature of service, access and equity – through giving, we also receive; through opening doors, we expand our own horizons.
Professor Zlatko Skrbis
Vice-Chancellor and President

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Become a Clemente student

Get a university education in a collaborative, community-based environment. Clemente is about realising possibilities, creating new options and making life changes.

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Partner with Clemente

Clemente is built on partnerships. ACU invites organisations to support Clemente through contributions of time, talent, influence, resources or funds.

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Become a Clemente learning partner

Volunteer to help guide Clemente students with their learning. You don't need to be an expert, just open minded, supportive and encouraging.

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Contact the Clemente team

If you would like to learn more about Clemente, or find out how to get involved, you can reach out to our friendly Clemente Australia team by email or phone.

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