The Australian Catholic University (ACU), a member of Uniservitate’s Asia & Oceania hub, has received the Carnegie Award for Community Engagement, making it one of the first higher education institutions outside the United States to be honoured withthis distinction that recognizes and promotes community-engaged practices.
“As a national university —with an overseas campus in Rome— ACU serves and collaborates closely in at least ten local communities connected to our campuses and leadership centres,” said Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Vice Chancellor and President of the ACU. He added, “The Carnegie Classification reaffirms our commitment to working with these communities and partner organisations to improve the lives of members living in our communities and to take on research that serves the common good.”
Established in 1991 through the merger of four Catholic colleges whose origins dating back to the mid-19th century, ACU is grounded in a rich history of commitment to our core values of truth, academic excellence and service.
Matthew Pink, head of ACU Engagement, expressed his satisfaction at receiving accolades like the Carnegie Award because it “demonstrates ACU’s capacity to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes with community and sets a foundation for further growth and impact as an institution.”