Australian Catholic University and Boston College in the United States have signed a memorandum of understanding to support collaboration between the Catholic institutions.
In addition, the two institutions have signed a Study Abroad and Exchange agreement to allow a semester-long exchange of Bachelor of Nursing students.
The new agreements were co-signed by ACU’s pro vice-Chancellor Chris Riley and Boston College’s provost and dean of faculties Dr David Quigley.
This collaboration, which is due to commence mid-2021, opens new opportunities for students and staff at both institutions both domestically and internationally.
The objectives of the MOU include unilateral or bilateral study abroad programs once COVID restrictions on travel are lifted. These include student exchange agreements for specific courses, disciplines and research; exchange agreements for both academic and administrative staff; and collaborative curriculum development to facilitate the implementation of student mobility programs.
Other forms of academic collaboration include research, development and delivery of joint courses; organisation of and participation in seminars; Catholic mission and leadership program development; short-term academic programs; exchange of information including library materials and research publications; and joint participation in internationally funded projects.
This collaboration with Boston College is an important addition to ACU’s existing partnerships with leading international Jesuit universities including Georgetown, Sophia, Loyola Chicago and Marquette.
“This is an exciting development in the relationship between ACU and Boston College and it builds on a history of collaboration between the two universities,” Mr Riley said.
“Boston College is one of the world’s leading Catholic universities and, like ACU, is one of the foundation members of the Strategic Alliance of Catholic Research Universities, making this formal recognition of partnership particularly important.”