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ACU supports education in East Timor

Australian Catholic University Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan has led a delegation to welcome the first group of 53 enrolling students at the opening of the Catholic Teachers College at Baucau, East Timor in November.

The students will study a three-year Bachelor of Teaching degree, validated by ACU National.

Affirming ACU's commitment to education in East Timor, he said: "Education is at the heart of nation-building and will lay the foundations for the future peace and prosperity of East Timor."

"Support for the Bachelor of Teaching program is a contribution from ACU National to Australia's aid program which focuses building the capacity of the people of East Timor to run an effective, democratic government and administration," he said.

The Catholic Teachers College at Baucau, sponsored by the Marist Brothers from the province of Melbourne, was officially opened by the President of East Timor, Mr Xanana Gusmao and the Bishop of Baucau, Basilio do Nascimento.

Margie Beck, a lecturer in the School of Education (NSW) at ACU National's Strathfield Campus has been based in East Timor since February 2003 to oversee the setting up of the undergraduate Teacher Education program.

"To watch something grow out of nothing and to have the support of so many wonderful people is great," she said. "Despite the difficult conditions it has all been worthwhile."

Pictured: Professor Sheehan with East Timor President Xanana Gusmao

ACU National supports education in East Timor (ACU 18/12/03)

ACU National

19 Dec 2003