MCD University of Divinity: Minister for Higher Education Statement

Baillieu Government creates Australia’s first specialised university

Thursday, 08 December 2011

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall today announced the formal establishment of Victoria's newest university, MCD University of Divinity.

Mr Hall said following today's formal approval the university would operate as a specialised university from 1 January next year.

Mr Hall congratulated MCD on becoming the first university of specialisation in Australia and the first university established in the state since The University of Ballarat in 1993. The Melbourne College of Divinity has operated in Victoria for the past 100 years as a self-accrediting institution.

"This is a wonderful achievement for MCD and its staff and further strengthens Victoria's reputation as Australia's education, research and training capital," Mr Hall said.

"The university has satisfied a rigorous assessment process overseen by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and involving an expert panel."

To be recognised as a university MCD had to satisfy a detailed review of its courses, academic structures, capacity for scholarship and research, governance and organisational and administrative capacity.

"The addition of MCD to Victoria's world-class universities will provide more Victorians the opportunity to take part in higher education and will further increase their choice of subjects," Mr Hall said.

MCD was constituted by an Act of the Victorian Parliament, the Melbourne College of Divinity Act (1910), and celebrated its centenary in 2010. MCD offers courses from Diploma to Post-Graduate level in Ministry, Theology, and Philosophy.

MCD University of Divinity will deliver qualifications in the field of Philosophy and Religious Studies with teaching to be conducted through eight affiliated 'Recognised Teaching Institutes'.

"The federated model under which MCD University of Divinity will operate will represent a new model for a university operation in Australia," Mr Hall said.

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