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ACU delivering higher education Thai/Burma border refugees

The Australian Catholic University has launched a project to deliver higher education to the Karen people on the Thai-Burma border.

The project, which involves a partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service, was launched last Wednesday at ACU's Melbourne campus by Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan and Jesuit Provincial Fr Mark Raper, SJ.

"The project will deliver higher education courses by distance mode and online delivery to the Karen people living in exile as displaced persons on the Thai-burma border," said Professor Sheehan.

ACU National first became involved with the project in 2003 when it conducted a pilot project, through the Sub-Faculty of Business and Informatics. The project was offered for one semester and demonstrated the success of the program with five students studying two business subjects: Business Human Resource Management and Business Ethics.

To deliver the program, hardcopy study materials were mailed to students and a local tutor was engaged to assist students with their weekly modules. Assesments based on study materials and tutorials were provided online using the learning shell WebCT.

Professor Sheehan said ACU is pleased to be working in partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service.

"Over many years, the Jesuits have truly made a difference to the lives of countless refugees in camps around the globe," he said. "They share with us at ACU National a passion for the dignity of the human person and for social justice."

ACU National delivers higher education to refugees on Thai/Burma border (ACU 22/3/04)

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia | From JRS Mae Sot and Mae Hong Son
Jesuit Refugee Service (International)
Mark Raper SJ: To Build Peace and Bring Hope at the Australian Catholic University, Feb 25, 2004 (Caritas Australia)

23 Mar 2004