Ramsay Centre and The University of Queensland sign Philanthropic Agreement

18 November 2019

STATEMENT FROM CEO PROFESSOR SIMON HAINES

 Sydney, Monday 18 November 2019: As part of a philanthropic gift to the Humanities in Australia, the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation has signed an agreement with the University of Queensland (UQ) to fund a new Western Civilisation study program and related scholarships, beginning in 2020.

This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with UQ in August this year.

Worth upwards of $50 million over 8 years, the Philanthropic Agreement will enable UQ to offer at least 150 undergraduate scholarships and hire world-class educators to teach its program.

From next year students will be able to study Western Civilisation in either UQ’s Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) degree, or in its Bachelor of Humanities/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) dual degree.

The study program will be led by internationally-acclaimed classicist Professor Alastair Blanshard and promises to immerse students in “…a creative and diverse curriculum with a strong focus on key intellectual works – artistic, musical, literary – that have shaped western civilisation from antiquity to the current day.”

Scholarships will be awarded to academic high achievers who desire to make a difference. UQ is seeking applications from school leavers who are creative and intellectually curious, with the critical skills necessary to challenge the status quo and cross boundaries, and who value discussion, debate and the opportunity to learn from others.

This is the second university partnership for the Centre, following its partnership with the University of Wollongong. Together with UQ we are excited about the wonderful opportunity for both students and teachers in the Humanities that this partnership presents.

The partnership is made possible through the extraordinary generosity of the late Paul Ramsay AO, founder of Ramsay Health Care.

Students interested in learning more about Western Civilisation study at UQ and the UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship can find more information at https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/uq-ramsay-undergraduate-scholarship-western-civilisation#qt-scholarship_tabs-foundation-tabs-1

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

 For more information on the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation please visit our website: www.ramsaycentre.org

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