As a Catholic university, Australian Catholic University (ACU) is ready to engage with our Catholic partners in the advancement of our shared mission. The list below highlights some of ACU’s works and initiatives that may be of interest to our Catholic partners across the world.
The Vice President is responsible for the mission-related operations of the University. The portfolio includes the Directorate of Identity and Mission, La Salle Academy, ACU Centre for Liturgy, Campus Ministry and ACU Engagement. The Office of the Vice President oversees the animation of programs and activities that engage, celebrate and support the University community's development in and understanding of our mission, Catholic identity and living traditions.
ACU’s Canon Law Centre promotes the study and practice of canon law in Australia and the region through the development and delivery of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate study in canon law, the provision of professional development, and community and Church engagement.
The ACU Centre for Liturgy provides specialist expertise, teaching, research and formation in liturgical studies, sacramental theology, and the sacred arts.
As a Catholic university, ACU is explicit in its commitment to ethics as an area of study, reflection, debate and practice. The university's mission focuses on pursuit of truth, acknowledgement of universal human dignity and service of the common good. ACU’s Ethics Hub highlights and links ethics initiatives and learning opportunities across ACU as well as spearheading new projects, seminars and resources.
The Faculty is at the forefront of teaching and learning innovation and provides world-class research-led education. Our graduates enjoy rich and rewarding professional lives as leaders within local and international Catholic, government and independent schools.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health sciences. Partnerships with Catholic health care organisations provide opportunities to contribute to communities in need in Australia and overseas, from nursing in Vanuatu to delivering exercise science programs to engage youth in East Timor. Academic staff are engaged in research that provides global impact, including award-winning stroke studies or investigations into food security to support world population growth.
The Faculty of Law and Business equips graduates with the necessary skills to become leaders, not only in their chosen profession, but in the community. We emphasise the ethical, social and environmental responsibilities of the modern business leader and lawyer, with all our courses having a strong practical component through community engagement, pro bono work and internships.
The Faculty’s new and redesigned programs are delivered by a dynamic and engaged community of scholars who provide a comprehensive network of international affiliations, world-leading research and curriculum, and a nurturing environment for students.
Established in 2014 to advance the University's strategic goal of making ACU world-leading institutions for studies in religion, philosophy, and history, IRCI comprises three collaborative and interdisciplinary research programs: Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Religion and Theology.
The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) enhances outcomes for children, young people and families through quality research, program evaluation, training and community education, advocacy and policy development. We are nationally recognised for our expertise in child protection, and preventing and responding to the abuse and neglect of children. We promote children’s participation, strengthen service systems, inform practice and support child-safe communities.
The La Salle Academy supports and enhances the formation of teachers and leaders for Catholic schools with a particular focus on religious education, faith formation, and leadership and governance.
Through the PM Glynn Institute, ACU provides the Catholic community with a standing capacity to analyse public policy issues relating to the Church and its ministries in Australia. The Institute provides the deep thinking to broaden the focus of public policy issues and to advance debate. In collaboration with Catholic partners, nationally and internationally, it brings intellectual rigour and thought leadership to strengthen the voice of the Catholic community in the public square.
The ACU Campus di Roma facilitates and supports the University’s multi-dimensional global engagement with the Church which is critical to ACU’s position as a globally renowned Catholic university.
The Xavier Centre offers theological formation opportunities for lay persons, religious and clergy across Australia.
Providing multiple points of engagement across any variety of delivery modes, these opportunities directly support pastoral leaders, associates and planners, healthcare, educational and welfare professionals, leaders of diocesan agencies, and all who contribute to religious and parish life.
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