- University of Notre Dame Australia
University of Notre Dame Australia
In principio erat Verbum “In the beginning was the word”
St Benedicts Church and University of Notre Dame, Sydney
The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is a private Roman Catholic university established in 1990 in the Western Australian port city of Fremantle, 32°3′24″S 115°44′37″E. While the University of Notre Dame Australia has “strong collegial links” with the American University of Notre Dame located in South Bend, Indiana, they are separate institutions. A large number of students from the American Notre Dame participate in a study abroad program at the Fremantle campus.
With faculties including Law, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Medicine, Nursing and Theology, the Fremantle and Broome campuses form Western Australia’s smallest university, with just over 5000 students enrolled. In percentage growth terms, however, it is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities.
In 2006, Notre Dame Australia established its first campus in Sydney in the suburb of Chippendale close to the CBD. The small campus occupies part of the complex of St Benedict’s Church, with which it retains close ties. There are over 1000 students enrolled in Arts, Commerce, Education, Law and Nursing courses. In 2008 the first cohort of students commenced at the newly-built medical school at the Darlinghurst Campus. The clinical schools for the Darlinghurst campus include St Vincent’s Hospital, which is immediately across the road.
On 5 August 2008, Notre Dame appointed the third Vice Chancellor of the university’s history, Professor Celia Hammond who will continue the work of outgoing Vice Chancellor Dr Peter Tannock. Professor Hammond’s vision appears that she wishes to ensure Notre Dame’s vision continues of promoting humanity and humility in their graduates. She stated in her inauguration speech that knowledge and learning must be within a framework of humanity in order to ensure that students have love and respect for the world; not just wisdom. She also stated:
“At Notre Dame we are not simply transmitters of information, creators of knowledge. Our mission will always be to teach and to educate in an environment that encourages people to seek understanding, to seek wisdom, to seek to serve, to seek to live in a way that fulfils everyone’s higher purpose.”
The University Crest is an open book (which is common in many universities). However, it is different from other university crests because the book is the Bible. The waves below the open Bible represents the Fremantle area (the origin of the university) and Australia; a nation isolated by water. 
The university consists of board of trustees, board of directors and governors; all of which are the backbone of the university. Most of these individuals are prominent business men and women or leaders in their respective fields in Western Australia, Australia and in the international arena. Most notable members include:
- Ms Celia Hammond: Vice Chancellor and Chairperson
- The Honourable Justice Neville Owen: Supreme Court of Western Australia Judge
- Dr. Mic
hael F. Quinlan
- Rev Fr Edward A Malloy CSC: President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, United States of America
- Rev Fr William Beauchamp CSC: President, University of Portland, Oregon. United States of America
- Rev Fr Mark Poorman CSC: Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
The main library on the Fremantle campus of Notre Dame Australia is named St Teresa’s. The campus also contains the more specialised Craven Law Library and Galvin Medical Library. Located on Sydney’s Chippendale campus is St. Benedict’s Library and on campus at Darlinghurst is the Benedict XVI medical library.
- Law School
There are 475 undergraduate students in the Law School at Notre Dame. 439 are Domestic Students and 25 International Students. 6% go onto further study while 94% find employment. According to the Good Universities Guide 0% of students are seeking work. 93% work in private practice and 7% in the Public sector. Fees equate to $37,663 for Full fee paying domestic students, $58,442 for International Students and $8,333 for Commonwealth Supported Placesstudents.
Notre Dame law school has grown from strength to strength from its humble beginnings in the late 90s. The law school now takes part in the prestigious ALSA competitions and the AAT Mooting Competitions as well as the International Maritime Moot competition. For the past two years, the Law school has recorded great success; often finishing in the Top 5.
The law school is also known for its strength in ensuring all students complete a ‘moot’ unit (known as Advocacy). It is generally expected that law students require at least some moot experience prior to graduating. The law school excels in this area in providing a quality unit for all penultimate year students to moot in front of retired Chief Justice David Malcolm Q.C.
Notre Dame Law School Society also provides a number of competitions throughout the year which consists of:
- Senior Mooting Competition
- Junior Mooting Competition
- Client Interview
- AAT Moot
Daily Mass The University ensures that it keeps with the Catholic ethos by providing students and staff with various facilities. One of the most common is providing a daily service every day at 1200 in the University Chapel. Each Wednesday, a particular faculty or department will host the mass. The University has a developing choir which plays every Wednesday.
Student Life Office The student life office of the university provides students and staff with a number of facilities including:
- Academic Workshops
- Study Abroad
- Pastoral Care
- Sporting Events
- Community Service
- See also
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