It is no surprise that the study of Humanities subjects lies at the core of the Clemente program. These subjects require students to explore and reflect on the many ways people through the ages have tried to make sense of the world and what it means to be human. Coming together in small classes with skilled lecturers and supportive learning partners, Clemente students share and question their own and others’ ideas, experiences, opinions and values – those of their fellow students and those of the writers, performers and artists whose work they study. Clemente classes empower students to have confidence in their unique voice. The study of the Humanities enables them to see their own experiences with new eyes, to understand the world and gives them the skills to change their world. In these ways Clemente Australia is a shining example of education at its best and the Faculty of Education and Arts is proud to play our part in it.
– Professor Elizabeth Labone, Executive Dean (Faculty of Education and Arts)
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, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Education is founded on relationships and shared journeys - between teachers and learners, the known and the unknown. When based on mutual trust and respect, education sparks and sustains truth, hope and understanding.
At heart, education is so much more than a passport to jobs. It nurtures and reflects the spirit and dignity of humanity – enriching learners, teachers and communities alike.
Clemente Australia is founded on this deeper, transformative vision of employment. It operates within the values and principles of ACU - opening doors to life and learning for students, opening the hearts and minds of lecturers and partners, and bringing new perspectives, voices and meaning to deepen our collective understanding and wisdom.
Associate Professor Peter Howard
National Leader, Clemente Australia