CCCU Announces Relocation of Australia Studies Centre

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CCCU President Edward O. Blews, Jr., and Christian Heritage College Principal Brian Millis
CCCU President Edward O. Blews, Jr., and Christian Heritage College Principal Brian Millis. (Photo provided by BestSemester)

WASHINGTON — When the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) launched the Australia Studies Centre (ASC) in 2004, only 19 students were sent to study at the Wesley Institute. Since that time, over 500 students have journeyed to and around Australia as part of the program.

Kimberly Spragg, ASC director, spoke of the experience the students have had during their time with BestSemester. “[They] have created memories with homestay families, dorm-mates, service placement supervisors and patrons, Wesley students and staff, ASC students and staff, and even random, serendipitous friends.

The Australia Studies Centre will celebrate 10 years at the Wesley Institute and in Sydney at the end of 2013.

“It has been such a blessing to partner with Wesley in the difficult but rewarding task of providing Christ-centered higher education to students studying outside of their home countries,” said Spragg.

Due to the growing and changing interests of today’s students, CCCU President Edward O. Blews, Jr., on recommendation of the BestSemester staff, recently announced that the Australia Studies Centre will relocate to Brisbane, Australia, and partner with Christian Heritage College (CHC) beginning spring 2014. 

“While this means a change in location,” said Spragg, “We believe that CHC has unique advantages for students studying in Australia especially in the range of classes it offers for ASC students in the areas of business, education, the social sciences, and ministries.”

Christian Heritage College Citipointe Campus, the new home of BestSemester's Australia Studies Centre beginning in spring, 2014
Christian Heritage College Citipointe Campus, the new home of BestSemester's Australia Studies Centre beginning in spring, 2014. (Photo provided by Christian Heritage College)

Blews made a trip to Australia in late May to personally visit the Christian Heritage College campus, faculty, and staff in Brisbane, and to meet with CHC Principal Brian Millis to review and finalize the agreement to host the CCCU's Australia Studies Centre. He also met ASC program staff and with Wesley Institute Managing Director Greg Rough to discuss a smooth and successful transition for the ASC. Blews thanked Rough for Wesley Institute's service to CCCU students.

“After this thorough review of the BestSemester and ASC staff recommendations,” Blews said. “I am very excited about the future success of the ASC as it undergoes this transition. I am confident the ASC will continue to transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth while offering expanded academic options for our students in Australia. I join ASC Director Spragg and the BestSemester staff in believing that this is the right move for the ASC.”

“Furthermore, I want to express my profound gratitude to Wesley Institute and its Managing Director Greg Rough and to Christian Heritage College and its Principal Brian Millis for their commitments to serving CCCU ASC students in the past and into the future.”

BestSemester and the Australia Studies Centre anticipate an excellent partnership with Christian Heritage College. Students planning to study with ASC will experience Australia in new and exciting ways with the city of Brisbane as the backdrop. 

“Brisbane is not only a beautiful river city filled with ferries and bridges and sky-scrapers and quirky art installations,” explained Spragg. “But it's foot-friendly and built for adventure and outdoor experiences. Brisbane is also closer than Sydney to destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Surfer's Paradise, the Scenic Rim and Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.”

The ASC will continue at Wesley Institute for the fall 2013 semester and looks forward to celebrating the 10 years of professional and spiritual growth facilitated through partnership with Wesley Institute.


About BestSemester

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities offers 12 off-campus study programs, collectively branded BestSemester®, which expand learning opportunities for students from CCCU campuses and are designated as culture-shaping or culture-crossing programs.

Culture-shaping BestSemester programs are:
American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.);
Contemporary Music Center (Nashville);
Los Angeles Film Studies Center (Los Angeles); and
Washington Journalism Center (Washington, D.C.).

Culture-crossing BestSemester programs are:
Australia Studies Centre;
China Studies Program;
India Studies Program;
Latin American Studies Program;
Middle East Studies Program;
Programmes in Oxford; and
Uganda Studies Program.

Visit www.bestsemester.com for program details.

 

About The CCCU

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 172 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. The 118 member campuses in North America are all fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 54 affiliate campuses from 20 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. Visit www.cccu.org.