Our research is enhanced by the expertise and knowledge of organisations, institutes and fellow researchers based all around the world. The relationships we build with our partners and collaborators allows our research to have greater scope and impact, ensuring the outcomes reach the people who will most benefit from them.

Who we are

Our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy align with our institutional mission and identity. Our research intensification has achieved results above and well above world standard in these focus areas.

In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment we ranked first or equal first in the following ten research fields:

  • cardiorespiratory medicine and haematology
  • clinical sciences
  • cognitive sciences
  • human movement and sports science
  • nursing
  • nutrition and dietetics
  • psychology
  • public health and health services
  • religion and religious studies
  • specialist studies in education. 1

Our international collaborations with leading institutions are central to our research excellence. We host international researchers, hold joint seminars, and contribute to co-authored publications with our international partners.

We’re ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide2, are a top 100 Asia Pacific university3 and are recognised as a top 100 young university worldwide4.

We’ve been recognised for excellence in a number of subjects, including nursing, education, sport science, arts and humanities, theology, psychology, clinical health and public health by leading international ranking systems5.

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What does a partnership with ACU involve?

A research collaboration with ACU may be be an informal arrangement of limited scope and duration or it may be a formal partnership with a formalised agreement that has been negotiated through a consultation process and has been approved in accordance with ACU rules and procedures.

The benefits of partnering with ACU

ACU’s defining characteristics as a partner university are:

  • We’re a highly collaborative university focussed on the development of active partnerships and research collaborations.
  • We’re a young and innovative university informed by strong academic traditions.
  • Our mission is focused on the pursuit of knowledge in areas that align with our institutional identity.

How to partner with ACU

By collaborating with partners both in Australia and overseas, we can extend the breadth, depth and reach of the research we are conducting.

If you’d like to begin a formal partnership or a collaboration with ACU please contact us.

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Research collaboration

We pursue research collaborations with world-leading institutions in our areas of strategic research priority. International research collaborations span Europe, Asia, UK, US, and Canada.

Across the three priority areas of education, health and theology and philosophy, our researchers are working on a wide range of projects with other experts from across the world.

Explore our current education research projects

Explore our current health research projects

Explore our current theology and philosophy research projects

Meet the collaborators working with our institutes to improve outcomes for citizens and communities.

See IPPE’s collaborators

See ILSTE’s collaborators

ACU is hosting a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. We’re joining universities across Australia in dedicating research to a broader understanding of emotions and how they’ve impacted the world we live in.

Visit the Centre

CCIHEC encourage collaborations between its members that centre Catholic identity.


  • Australian Catholic University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Katholische Universitat Eichstatt-Ingolstadt
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso
  • Sogang University

Our research partners and collaborators are invited to share their knowledge at our Rome Seminars. Hosted on our Rome Campus, the seminars are a chance for visiting scholars working on joint projects with ACU researchers to discuss their work and present their findings.

See the Rome Seminar schedule

The Alliance is an international collective of Catholic universities dedicated to working collaboratively and furthering the impact of their research. The member universities have committed to a set of principles that centre Catholicism while promoting academic freedom and ethical responsibility.


  • Australian Catholic University
  • Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
  • Boston College
  • University Catolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Universitat Ramon Llull
  • Pontifical Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • Sophia University
  • Pontificia Universidade Catholica do Rio de Janeiro

Our international partners

More than 200 universities and education institutions around the world have built partnerships with ACU.

View the extent of our international partnerships

Research engagement and impact

Within our priority areas and beyond we’re conducting research with practical, real-world outcomes that furthers the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good.

Discover our community ties


1Four-digit FoRs, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018
2Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018/2019. Percentage calculated as ACU's world rank as a proportion of the total number of universities in the world: International Handbook of Universities 2018, Palgrave MacMillan
3Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019
4Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019, where “young universities” are defined to be less than 50 years old
5Times Higher Education University Rankings by Subject, QS World University Rankings by Subject, Academic Ranking of World Universities


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Our relationships with more than 200 universities globally support a range of shared activities, from collaborative research to community engagement.

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