A Delegation of the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) visited Australian Catholic University in North Sydney from December 12th to 17th, 2023.

The Executive Secretary of ASEACCU, Rector of the University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ), Rev’d Prof. Stephen Morgan, led a delegation of members of the staff of USJ, including the Vice-Rector for Internationalization and Academic Affairs, Prof. Álvaro Barbosa, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, Dr. Teresa Loong and the Manager of International Affairs, Mrs. Ana Paula Mota, on a visit to the Australian Catholic University (ACU), North Sydney. 

[From Left to Right: Professor Álvaro Barbosa (USJ, Macao), Rector Rev. Fr. Albertus Laksana SJ (Universitas Sanata Dharma, Indonesia), Mr Chris Riley (ACU, Australia),  Rev. Professor Stephen Morgan (USJ, Macao), Mr Phon Sophal (Saint Paul Insitute, Cambodia), Mrs Ana Paula Mota (USJ, Macao)]

The ASEACCU delegation was warmly welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor and President of ACU, Prof. Zlatko Skrbis, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global and Education Pathways, Mr. Chris Riley.  This visit aimed to discuss the logistic preparations, activities, financial arrangements and timeline for work related with the 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference. 

During this visit, the ASEACCU Secretariat held two meetings in hybrid mode at ACU’s North Sydney campus, namely the Executive Board and the Steering Committee meeting. The debriefing on the 29th ASEACCU Annual Conference held at Saint Louis University (SLU), Baguio, Philippines and other matters related to the association were discussed during the Executive Board meeting. On the other hand, the Steering Committee meeting focused on the preparation of the 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference, which will be held next year in ACU North Sydney, followed by two site tours, the Ibis Styles, Sydney Central, where it was proposed to host the student delegates of member institutions at, and the Mary MacKillop place for the faculty and staff delegates of the 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference in August 2024.

On behalf of ASEACCU, Rev. Prof. Morgan expressed his gratitude to the SLU Rector, Rev. Fr. Gilbert Sales, CICM and his team members for the service rendered with the outstanding organization of the 29th ASEACCU Annual Conference, and to the ACU North Sydney Executive Secretariat, reassuring the full support of the ASEACCU Secretariat on the preparation and organization of the upcoming Conference.

ACU is a member institution and Executive Board member of ASEACCU. The 30th ASEACCU Annual Conference will be hosted next year in August 2024 at ACU North Sydney.

[From Left to Right: Mrs Isis Kowaliauskas (ACU, Australia), Dr Teresa Loong (USJ, Macao), Professor Álvaro Barbosa (USJ, Macao) and Mrs Ana Paula Mota (USJ, Macao)]

Source: USJ