Ramsay Centre and Australian Catholic University sign Memorandum of Understanding

24 February 2020

STATEMENT FROM CEO PROFESSOR SIMON HAINES

Sydney, Monday 24 February 2020: As part of a philanthropic gift to the Humanities in Australia, the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australian Catholic University (ACU) to fund a new BA degree in Western Civilisation, and related scholarships.

Worth upwards of $50 million over 8 years, the partnership deal includes funding for at least 150 undergraduate scholarships, and the hiring of world-class educators. The Western Civilisation degree will commence in 2021.

This is the third partnership for the Centre, following partnerships with the University of Wollongong and the University of Queensland.

We are delighted to be partnering with ACU, which is ranked 12th in the humanities in Australia, and is one of Australia’s top three universities for graduate employment.

ACU is also highly regarded for its student experience, priding itself on its teaching excellence, as well as its ‘commitment to creating a supportive, personalized learning environment’.

This is an extremely good fit for the Ramsay Centre which seeks to give students the opportunity to study the great texts of western civilisation in small group settings.

Our three university partnerships have been made possible through the extraordinary generosity of the late Paul Ramsay AO, founder of Ramsay Health Care.

Together they will offer students from diverse backgrounds access to the wonderful education provided by a study of the great texts of the west.

They also provide a much-needed shot in the arm to the Humanities in Australia – an unprecedented level of support – at a time when opportunities to maintain and strengthen foundational disciplines are diminishing.

Media contact: Sarah Switzer 0407 816 098/ sarah.switzer@ramsaycentre.org

 

For more information on the centre please visit our website: www.ramsaycentre.org

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