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Notre Dame Australia seeks Pontifical link

Perth's University of Notre Dame Australia is applying to become the first educational institution in Australia to be affiliated with the University of St Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome.

Notre Dame Vice Chancellor Dr Peter Tannock (pictured) said the University had applied for affiliation as a Pontifical institute.

"If we succeed we will be able to grant ecclesiastical degrees in addition to the university degrees currently being offered," he said.

"Pontifical affiliation would mean that students choosing Roman degrees would have an additional mandate related to church requirements.

"In addition, the profile of Notre Dame's College of Theology would be increased both in Australia and the South East Asia region."

As part of the application process, Fr Robert Christian OP, a Dominican priest from The Angelicum, visited Notre Dame last month.

"Fr Robert Christian was very encouraging about the prospect of the University succeeding in this project," Dr Tannock said.

Notre Dame's College of Theology Dean, Professor Dennis Rochford, said are were many benefits to be gained through the affiliation.

"The University will be able to position itself uniquely through this affiliation and add considerable value to the already excellent education provided to students for the priesthood in Western Australia," Professor Rochford said.

"The College of Theology is currently responsible for teaching theology, philosophy and ethics to all students who complete degrees and other awards."

More than 40 students are currently undertaking a Bachelor of Theology at Notre Dame, while more than 45 students are completing masters in theology and more than 50 studying philosophy as a major in their course.

Notre Dame seeks link with The Angelicum (University of Notre Dame Australia 26/5/04)

Notre Dame Australia
Pontifical Angelicum University

26 May 2004