Notre Dame hosts annual international conference for ASEACCU

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 5-8-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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This year The University of Notre Dame Australia’s, Sydney Campus is hosting the 17th annual conference of the Association of South East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU).

The event will see academics, University leaders and a contingent of students from across South East Asia join Australian University students and staff for three days of discussion and social events. The theme of the conference is, Building a Culture of Life: Catholic Higher Education and the Challenges of Bioethics.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Sydney Campus Professor Hayden Ramsay commented on the theme, “Developments in bioethics and medical technology have major implications for our societies. The Church provides a body of teaching and reflection which gives guidance for balancing progress with claims of faith and ethics.

“This conference investigates the impact on Catholic Higher Education of recent debates on law, medicine and ethics,” said Professor Ramsay.

World renowned bio-ethicists such as Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP (UNDA), Ass Prof Bernadette Tobin (Australian Catholic University), Ass Prof Nicholas Tonti-Fillippini (John Paul II Institute), Dr Patrick Gerard Lopez Moral (The University of Santa Tomas, Philippines) and Dr Brigid McKenna (UNDA) will address a range of topics in relation to bioethics and higher education. Topics to be covered at the conference are: ‘Tradition and the Critique of Consequentialist Bioethics’; ‘Challenging Secularism: Bioethics, Culture and Collaborations’; ‘Respecting Difference While Advancing the Culture of Life’; ‘Culture of Life and the Mission of Catholic Higher Education,’ and ‘Is Bioethics an American Plot.’

“For many, and in particular the students, the event will be a key moment in their University experience, introducing them to Australian university life. Notre Dame Sydney is very proud to be hosting this event,” said Professor Ramsay.

ASEACCU is a regional association of Catholic Universities for countries within South East Asia. The purpose of the organisation is to promote Catholic higher education and contribute to educational dialog on an international level.

The Conference will be held at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney from August 27th – 30th 2009. To register please contact the University at, aseaccu09@nd.edu.au .

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