The Academy wins Learning Experience award


Western Sydney University's The Academy program has taken out the top prize in the Learning Experience category as part of the Australian Financial Review's annual Higher Education Awards.

The AFR's Higher Education Awards are presented to institutions that display a strong commitment to their communities and to the careers of their students.

The AFR's panel of judges commended The Academy, saying it is providing a way to prepare a successful generation of students.

"A truly inspiring initiative to broaden and enrich the educational experience for high-achieving students – and in the process, create the next generation of thoughtful, active and socially aware leaders and citizens," remarked the judges.

The Academy program is unique to Western Sydney University, offering students extension and professional development opportunities across a range of degrees, preparing them for not just their careers, but for life.

Focussing on academic rigour, professional and personal development and community engagement, students are given the chance to build their experience and skills while studying at the University.

Director of The Academy, Luce De Buitleir Andrews, says the program works with students to explore and grow the skills they need for an ever changing job market and fast paced world..

"The world is ever-changing and we have to prepare our students for a life of learning as they work towards becoming citizen scholars," he says.

"The Academy provides many different ways for our students to pursue their interests and to contribute to their communities. The award is incredible recognition for The Academy and our students."


21 November 2016

Elliott Richardson - Media Unit