About Us

The Ramsay Centre

The Ramsay Centre was established in March 2017 through an extraordinary endowment by the late Mr Paul Ramsay AO.

Our objective, set out in our Board Charter, is “to advance education by promoting studies and discussion associated with the establishment and development of western civilisation, including through establishing scholarship funds and educational courses in partnership with universities”.

We will be collaborating with teachers and students at universities and high schools as well as members of the wider community in order to foster and promote an interest in and awareness of Western civilization.

This endowment represents an unprecedented world-scale opportunity to re-invigorate the Humanities and Liberal Arts in Australia, at a time when funding in this sector is under pressure and it has been hard to sustain integrated degree structures. We believe generations of young Australians will eventually benefit from this unique opportunity, and learn to value their own civilisational heritage, at no cost to the taxpayer. We hope at the same time to promote a more general awareness of this heritage in the Australian community at large.

We will be:

  • creating BA degrees in Western Civilisation in collaboration with two or three Australian universities;
  • supporting these degrees through a suite of Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarships and the creation of new academic positions;
  • endowing a number of national Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships, open to recent Australian graduates from a range of academic disciplines, for study at prestigious overseas universities; and
  • establishing a programme of summer schools, distinguished visiting lectures and other events designed to promote a wider appreciation of western civilisation.


Professor Simon Haines, CEO, reflects on the achievements of Western Civilisation and the mission of the Ramsay Centre.

Hon John Howard OM, AC reflects on the foundations of Western Civilisation, Australian democracy, Christianity, and the mission of the Ramsay Centre.

Elizabeth Stone, member of the Ramsay Centre board of directors, reflects on the mission of the Centre, on Western Civilisation and why we should study it.

An Engineering student, Catherine Priestley reflects on the mission of the Ramsay Centre, on Western Civilisation and why we should study it

Dr Stephen McInerney reflects on faith and reason, why we should study traditions holistically, and how his passion for poetry led him to the Great Books.

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