Professor Greg Craven
- North Sydney
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has seven campuses based in Brisbane, Sydney (North Sydney and Strathfield), Canberra, Melbourne, Ballarat and Adelaide. The University aims to empower its students to think critically and ethically, and gain the skills to bring about change in their communities, professions and industries.
The University focuses on the delivery of quality programs in arts, media and design; business; education; environmental science; health; informatics and business systems; international development and global studies; law; psychology, counselling and social sciences; and theology and philosophy.
ACU is a publicly funded university, teaching within the Catholic intellectual tradition, and open to students of all beliefs. The University’s Core Curriculum was developed in line with this tradition, to raise and consider some of the most fundamental questions on human experience and meaning.
The University is recognised for its supportive and nurturing learning environment and close links with industry, giving students the chance to gain hands-on experience in the workplace.
Community engagement is a hallmark of ACU, and is publicly acknowledged as a key vehicle through which the University pursues its mission. Community engagement is embedded in all ACU courses, made possible by the University’s extensive partnerships and vast network of Catholic aid agencies around the world.
ACU has a distinctly global focus. Students have the opportunity to study overseas at more than 60 institutions around the world, and international development and global studies courses create further overseas work and study opportunities.
Over the past few years, ACU has experienced significant growth in student and staff numbers, research output, campus facilities and course offerings. There are currently more than 26,000 students at the University.
To manage the significant growth in student numbers, the University has committed to an extensive capital program which commenced in 2008 and is still underway.
Corresponding growth in staff numbers will ensure that ACU continues to have a favourable student-to-academic staff ratio. The University is also investing heavily in staff training, development, and support to ensure high levels of learning and teaching quality.
ACU is committed to creating a specialised, growing and well-regarded research environment. In pursuing this goal, the University is significantly increasing its research funding and building research capacity in areas that are strongly aligned with the University’s unique identity and mission.