Campion College

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For the school of the same name in Gisborne, New Zealand, and Regina, SK, Canada, see Campion College, Gisborne and Campion College Regina.
Campion College Australia
Campion College logo.gif
Established 2005
Type Liberal Arts College
Religious affiliation Catholic Church
President Dr Ryan Messmore
Dean Prof Geoffrey Caban
Registrar Tony Heywood
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
33°47′3.83″S 150°57′54.26″E / 33.7843972°S 150.9650722°E / -33.7843972; 150.9650722Coordinates: 33°47′3.83″S 150°57′54.26″E / 33.7843972°S 150.9650722°E / -33.7843972; 150.9650722

Campion College is an Australian Roman Catholic dedicated Liberal Arts college. It is a located at Austin Woodbury Place, Old Toongabbie in the western suburbs of Sydney, approximately 45 minutes from the central business district of Sydney, Australia. It is the first tertiary educational Liberal Arts College of its type in Australia and had its first intake of students in February 2006.[1][2] The founding President was bioethicist Father John Fleming, and the first graduation ceremony was held in December 2008.[3]

The College aims to contribute to the life of the Catholic Church and to Australian society through education. Its mission is to form future leaders of society and the Church by a broad program of learning in the Liberal Arts that integrates the insights of faith and reason. Campion offers a Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts as its sole undergraduate degree. The key disciplines studies are history, literature, philosophy and theology. It is possible to obtain a major in any of these four disciplines. Students are required to complete two science subjects in their final year. They may also elect to study Latin above their normal study load. The focus of this course is the development of Western Culture and it presents an integrated approach to study through the degree, in that each subject taken in a given semester will integrate with each other.

Campion College is classed as a Non Self Accrediting Institution and as such, its registration as an institution and accreditation of its courses are through the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, TEQSA. Accreditation of qualifications are done in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework. Approval was granted by NSW DET in April 2006 to enrol international students in the Bachelor of Arts. The College is also approved by the Australian Government as a Higher Education provider and as such, eligible students have access to FEE-HELP loans for tuition fees. The College plans to introduce postgraduate education, firstly through a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and a Master of Arts in the Liberal Arts. In 2011, the College had an external quality audit by the Australian Universities Quality Agency and was very pleased with the outcome, with commendations received in relation to the academic and quality culture that have been established.[4]

In 2011, the College established the Centre for the Study of Western Tradition [5] to encourage critical reflection and research on the history, literature, languages, philosophy and theology that characterise Western civilisation and culture, in order to raise the profile of these vital disciplines in Australian tertiary education. The Centre holds conferences and symposia relating to its central research themes.

The college campus and grounds are formerly a Marist Fathers Seminary which was dedicated to and at one time had held relics of Saint Peter Chanel.

Most of Campion's students are 18 to 25 years old. The College publishes a quarterly newsletter, Campion's Brag, and a student newsletter called the "Sextant" is also produced.


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