Australia’s first Catholic university, The University of Notre Dame Australia, celebrates 25 years in tertiary education in 2014, with the silver anniversary of the signing of the University’s Act of Parliament.
On December 21, 1989, the dreams and visions of a committed group of Western Australian Catholics were realised with the passing of The University of Notre Dame Australia Act by the Parliament of Western Australia. From humble beginnings in Fremantle’s historic West End, Notre Dame has grown to become a national university with one of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia.
With 11,000 students enrolled nationally, Notre Dame’s nine Schools provide an excellent standard of training for the professions across three campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney, along with clinical schools in New South Wales and Victoria.
'Twenty-five years ago, Notre Dame established itself as a modern Australian university with its foundations firmly set in the esteemed Catholic intellectual traditions that have offered leadership in higher education for centuries,' Notre Dame Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said.
'Our 25th anniversary celebrations will rightly salute all those who chartered our initial course, those who turned the dream of Australia’s first Catholic university into reality, and those who continue to build on Notre Dame’s foundations and strengthen our presence in higher education.
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