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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is pleased to announce its newest associate member: Newman College of the University of Melbourne in Australia. The AJCU Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept Newman as an associate member during its annual winter board meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 2. Newman joins two associate members: Campion College at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan and St. John’s College in Belize.

Newman College (named for Cardinal John Henry Newman) opened as a residential college administered by the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1918. The College has just over 300 students in residence, of whom 28% are completing graduate or post-graduate work and 20% are from overseas. Four Jesuit priests are in residence at Newman, as well as a provost, deputy provost, chaplain and business manager. Students at Newman are committed to fostering the College’s goal of creating “a community of the mind, the heart, the imagination and the spirit.”

AJCU’s president, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., said, “We are very pleased to welcome our first associate member from Australia. Newman has long enjoyed a fine reputation for offering strong academics in a community that is dedicated to living out the Jesuit mission. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Newman in the years to come.”

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