UNE enters partnership with leading physical education provider

Published 13 September 2011

sportsThe University of New England and the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) signed an agreement at UNE yesterday to work together to build on ACPE’s enviable reputation in physical and sports education and UNE’s capacity as an innovative distance education provider with its blossoming physical education, sports and exercise science capacity.

‘UNE is building on its physical education and sports exercise courses to position itself as a significant education provider in this field,’ said UNE’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber. ‘This agreement with the Australian College of Physical Education is part of a broader strategy through which UNE collaborates with national and international teaching and research sport institutions, as well as athletes and sporting clubs, to leverage our own strengths and deliver the best and most comprehensive educational opportunities. I’m very pleased that we are able to team up with such a high-quality partner in ACPE.’

David McDonald, CEO of ACPE, said: ‘The opportunity to partner with UNE is a strong fit for ACPE as we are both institutions that share a commitment to superior student outcomes through teaching and learning excellence. The partnership strength is built on our complementary areas of specialisation in ACPE’s industry engagement and focus on experiential learning in sport, physical education and related disciplines and UNE’s established leadership in research and online education.

‘This MOU is the foundation for a range of shared initiatives and facilitates further expansion of ACPE’s extensive industry relationship network. ACPE looks forward to sharing its innovative teaching within sports and physical education disciplines with students, staff, and stakeholders of the University of New England.’

Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions, said: ‘Both organisations will explore how UNE can deliver e-learning units into the physical education awards of the Australian College of Physical Education. The University will also explore how it can expand the specialisations it offers in its newly-established Bachelor of Sports Studies degree program by utilising the expertise and teaching materials of ACPE in sports coaching. We’ll be looking at ways for students from either institution to use the excellent sports and teaching facilities at ACPE’s Olympic Park precinct in Sydney and on the UNE campus in Armidale. This represents a great opportunity for students, now and in the future, to get the best that UNE and ACPE have to offer.’

The Australian College of Physical Education is located in Sydney in the Olympic Park precinct and has been commended by the Commonwealth university regulator AUQA for the reputation it has maintained over a long period of time in physical and sport education.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here shows Professor Jim Barber (left) with Mr David McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of ACPE.