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ACU reports huge growth in theology enrolments


Australian Catholic University and other members of the Forum of Australian Catholic Institutes have experienced a dramatic increase in enrolments in Theology courses.

Between 1998 and 2002 there was a 54% increase in students enrolled in undergraduate theology courses (1072 to 1654) 55% of whom are women. The greatest growth, 215%, occurred in certificate and diploma courses from 101 to 318. Student numbers in undergraduate education programs with a major strand in Theology/Religious Education increased by 25% from 2152 to 2694.

"I am delighted that so many more people are studying theology at our University and in institutions across Australia," said ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan. "It is not surprising that in a society which puts so much emphasis on materialism, students are increasingly turning to ways of exploring spirituality, to search for meaning and to reflect on mystery."

In line with the increasing interest in theology, a new program, the Masters of Arts (Liturgy) is being offered jointly by ACU National's Strathfield Campus and the Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS) at Strathfield.

"This is the first program of this kind in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific", said Professor Sheehan. "It is also planned that a joint ACU National and CIS, MA in Biblical Studies will be developed," he said.

SOURCE
ACU National

LINKS
ACU National | Theology & Philosophy
ACU National and Catholic Institute of Sydney offer joint degree (ACU National 27/10/03)
Catholic Theological College, Melbourne
St Paul's Theological College, Brisbane
Catholic Institute of Sydney
Yarra Theological Union
United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne


10 Feb 2004