Alvernia establishes partnership with Australian Catholic University


Photo: Chris Riley, ACU's Executive Director International meets with Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D.

Alvernia students are heading back to classes this fall with their sights set on studying more than 10,000 miles away! That’s because a new global studies partnership with Australian Catholic University (ACU) is making it possible for students to pursue study at one of the Aussie schools’ six locations.

Alvernia and ACU students will be eligible to participate in the program beginning in January of 2016. Course credits between the universities will be transferable.

“ACU is well-known for its Global Studies program and was very interested in a partnership with a top institution that offered majors in a variety of healthcare fields,” explained Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn. “Alvernia was a perfect match.”

Australia is one of the most popular study abroad destinations according to Dr. Beth Aracena, dean of Alvernia’s College of Arts and Sciences, who is leading Alvernia’s global learning efforts. “Our partnership with ACU will make it much easier for Alvernia students to take courses in an environment that has very similar commitments to values and academics.”

In addition, both schools are exploring faculty development opportunities and service abroad initiatives that would engage students from both universities.

“ACU is delighted to formalize the relationship with Alvernia through this agreement. The university has a comprehensive internationalization strategy and opening up new opportunities with institutions that share our commitment and mission is critical to its success,” said ACU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven.

“The United States is very popular with our students and I have no doubt that the agreement between ACU and Alvernia will flourish.”

“This is an exciting next step in developing our global studies and experiences and is very much in keeping with our focus on real world learning,” said Dr. Aracena.

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