University description (as per official university website)
The Australian Catholic University
ACU is The Australian Catholic University, a public university funded by the Australian Government and open to students and staff of all beliefs.
We have six campuses in Australia and offer programs throughout Australia and overseas. Our students enjoy the benefits of small, friendly campuses and small class sizes, and have direct access to highly qualified lecturers and quality student support services. Our campuses are located in Brisbane (Queensland), North Sydney and Strathfield, (New South Wales), Canberra (ACT), Ballarat and Melbourne (Victoria).
Quality Innovative Teaching
ACU has an established reputation for quality and innovative teaching with specialist undergraduate and postgraduate education in disciplines including arts, business, business information systems, education, educational leadership, environmental science, exercise science, midwifery, music, nursing, paramedicine, psychology, philosophy, social sciences, social work, theology, religious education and visual arts and design.
Rigorous Intellectual Scholarship and Ethics
ACU is dedicated to rigorous intellectual scholarship and the individual's pursuit of truth and academic freedom. Its ethos is derived from Christian values and the Catholic intellectual tradition, and our core concern is with ethics in all fields of endeavour. In all its courses the University empowers students with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.
Highly Employable Graduates
ACUís graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia (Source: Graduate Careers Council of Australia). Many find jobs using their professional skills before they have graduated.
Philosophy and Key Values
ACU is founded on "a long history of commitment to truth, in a spirit of freedom and service ... It prizes such key values as:
following the way of Christ and commitment to Christian values;
participating in the community and mission of the Church;
a continuing dialogue between faith and reason - represented, for example, by the dialogue between philosophy and science;
respect for truth in all its forms and collaboration in seeking it through all the disciplines;
promotion of the common good, and the dignity of the human person;
collaboration of all our staff and students, whatever their beliefs, in the interests of a more decent and humane society;
the promotion of teaching and research in ways that most serve the mission of the University;
respect for academic freedom."
(Source: Professor Anthony J. Kelly, CSsR Professor of Theology, Deputy Director Institute for Catholic Identity & Mission, School of Theology Ė for more see Our Intellectual Tradition).
Australian Catholic University shares with universities world-wide a commitment to quality in teaching, research, and service. It aspires to be a community characterised by free inquiry and academic integrity.
The University's inspiration, within 2,000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition, summons it to attend to all that is of concern to human beings. It brings a distinctive spiritual perspective to the common tasks of higher education.
Through fostering and advancing knowledge in education, health, commerce, the humanities, the sciences and technologies, and the creative arts, Australian Catholic University seeks to make a specific contribution to its local, national and international communities. The University explicitly engages the social, ethical and religious dimensions of the questions it faces in teaching and research, and service. In its endeavours, it is guided by a fundamental concern for justice and equity, and the dignity of all human beings.
Australian Catholic University has a primary responsibility to provide excellent higher education for its entire diversified and dispersed student body. Its ideal graduates will be highly competent in their chosen fields, ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life, and a commitment to serving the common good.