Blacktown City Council has officially welcomed Australian Catholic University to Blacktown’s city centre with the opening of ACU’s Future Students Information Centre at 22 Main St.
The ACU Blacktown campus has been established through a partnership between Blacktown City Council and ACU.
The university will offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and pathway courses from the 22 Main St campus from next February.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM, recently visited the centre and met with students from local schools Patrician Brothers Blacktown and Nagle College, as well as incoming ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Zlatko Skrbis.
“This is such an exciting partnership between Blacktown City Council and ACU,” Mayor Bleasdale said.
“We believe in the potential of our young people, and we believe they should have access to the best opportunities, education, and training right here in Blacktown City.
“Education is one of the most needs of our community to and currently 18,000 students travel to universities and colleges outside our City.
“With the opening of the ACU Blacktown campus, our students will no longer have to travel long distances to continue their studies.
“I can’t wait to welcome thousands of ACU students to our CBD in 2021.
“The opening of ACU’s Future Students Information Centre is an exciting step in this journey.” Mayor Bleasdale said.
Professor Skrbis and Patrician Brothers principal Frank Chiment this week signed a letter of intent to formalise a collaboration between the two education institutions.
“22 Main St is a wonderful facility, as part of a real project that is unfolding before our eyes,” Professor Skrbis said.
“We are incredibly passionate and privileged to be here, to support the community and to ensure that the community flourishes.”
Further redevelopment of the site is underway and is on track to accommodate students for Semester 1, 2021.
Courses will be available for study at the Blacktown campus in Education and Arts, Health Sciences, Law and Business, Theology and Philosophy.
Picture: Mayor of Blacktown City, Tony Bleasdale OAM (front centre), with (back row, left to right) Nagle College vice-captain Ai Gen, ACU Provost and incoming Vice-Chancellor Zlatko Skrbis, and Nagle College captain Cassidy Regan, and (front row, left to right) Patrician Brothers captain Flynn Broom and vice-captain Anthony Simic at the ACU Future Students Information Centre at 22 Main St in Blacktown.