Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) kicked off the first week of Semester with the launch of the new name. CEO Dr Greg Rough addressed staff and students and spoke about the vision of Excelsia College ultimately becoming a university. He also spoke on the value and importance of the performing arts courses in our Excelsia College community. The celebrations included burgers and shakes and an acoustic music set played by alumni Dan Friend and Olivia Shaw
The establishment of the first global Christian University in Australia is gaining momentum, with the forging of a local partnership and the announcement that it will be called EXCELSIA.
Wesley Institute and Indiana Wesleyan University have formalised a partnership, whereby Wesley Institute will be renamed Excelsia College from January 2015, and later in the year will relocate to new premises more fitting to our ultimate vision – a campus which allows expansion of course offerings, academic staff and student numbers.
Wesley Institute has 31 years of experience in Christian higher education in Australia, and IWU has 94 years of experience in Christ-centred education in the US and global markets. Together the partners are well positioned to take Christian higher education to the next level in Australia for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
This partnership will allow the expedition of the application to TEQSA to become an Australian University College, and then EXCELSIA will seek status as an Australian university.
“With Christian schools being the fastest growing school sector in the country, there is opportunity in higher education for students to continue holistic education in a Christian environment – we intend to fulfill this need,” said Dr Greg Rough, Wesley Institute Chief Executive.
“As part of the process to earn accreditation as an Australian university, our course offerings will expand over the next few years, with a range of new courses already under development and due for launch from 2016,” said Professor Bridget Aitchison, Vice Chancellor for Asia Pacific.
EXCELSIA’s new strapline, “participare lumen”, which means “to share the light”, aims to communicate that the college will continue, through a community with the highest academic standards and the transforming power of Christ, to develop talented men and women for life and leadership in a range of influential vocations.
“This is an exciting time in the realisation of our vision, and we are tremendously grateful to the Australian community for the overwhelming support for our efforts so far,” said Professor Aitchison at the Christian Schools Australia Conference in the Barossa Valley this week.