Australia's first Catholic university celebrates its 25th anniversary

20 March 2014

Australia's first Catholic university, The University of Notre Dame Australia, celebrates 25 years of excellence in tertiary education in 2014 with the silver anniversary of the signing of the University's Act of Parliament.

On 21 December 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."

Renowned for its commitment to the pastoral care of students, the University's operations are underpinned by its Objects which centre on providing a University education within a context of Catholic faith and values.

"Central to what makes Notre Dame unique is our focus on the personal development and nurturing of students. I'm proud that the investment we continue to make in our students will be realised for generations to come as our graduates enter their chosen vocations – from medicine to marketing; teaching to theatre; and physiotherapy to the priesthood," Professor Hammond said.

The University will hold a range of alumni and community events nationally to celebrate its 25th anniversary, culminating in Founders' Week from 11 August 2014. Visit for further details.

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