New campus for ACU in Sydney’s West
Blacktown City Council in partnership with Australian Catholic University (ACU) announced in March 2019 plans to build a university campus in the Blacktown CBD, which is scheduled to receive the first student enrolments in 2020.
ACU’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven said, “By 2036 half of Sydney’s population will live in Western Sydney yet currently only 18 per cent of university places are in the area”.
He added, “An ACU campus in Blacktown will stand at the cultural and geographical heart of the community. We will strive to serve Blacktown’s diverse local student body by providing innovative, quality higher education courses as well as state-of-the-art physical spaces for study, recreation and reflection.”
Excellence in Research at ACU
In the recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018, all of ACU’s research was recognised as meeting or exceeding world standard by the Australian Research Council.
ACU was ranked equal first for ten fields of research in the country:
- Clinical Sciences
- Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology
- Human Movement and Sports Science
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Public Health and Health Services
- Specialist Studies in Education
- Cognitive Sciences
- Religion and Religious Studies
ACU ranked 101–200 in THE Impact Rankings
ACU is among the top 101–200 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. The rankings measure the impact of the university on the society, in line with the university’s success in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ACU proved excellence in the following SDGs:
- SDG 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing: 25 globally
- SDG 4 – Quality Education: 40 globally
- SDG 5 – Gender Equality: 55 globally
- SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth: 58 globally