PACE (Professional and Community Engagement)

PACE (Professional and Community Engagement)


PACE (Professional and Community Engagement)

Macquarie's PACE initiative is a signature program which underpins the University's culture of transformative learning. PACE is a core strategy aimed at improving the employability of Macquarie graduates.

Based on the principle of reciprocity, the PACE program provides a range of experiential and practice based opportunities for undergraduate students to learn in the real world. Students are engaged in authentic business, social, and ethical challenges, working with partner organisations across Australia and around the world. Students learn from industry leaders while they contribute their knowledge and fresh ideas to benefit the partner organisation and the community it serves.

The PACE experience prepares students to transition into the workplace and remain agile in an increasingly complex global environment. PACE activities are diverse and designed to foster the development of cognitive, interpersonal, social and personal capabilities. Through PACE students gain industry expertise and develop vital transferable skills like communication, critical thinking, cultural competence, problem solving, and team work. 

The scope and scale of PACE sets it apart from practical experience offerings at other universities. The PACE program is fully embedded within a rigorous academic framework and curriculum. We are continuing to expand our collaboration with a broad cross section of partner organisations from the business, government, non-government, and not-for-profit community sectors.

A few key facts about PACE

  • PACE units a requirement of all Macquarie Bachelor degrees from 2016
  • 87 PACE units across 5 faculties
  • over 2,500 host organisations across all sectors of the economy
  • over 22,000 students have completed PACE activities
  • 25 countries host international PACE activities

Find out more about PACE

Contact us

General PACE enquiries


PACE International enquiries


Student enquiries


Faculty Academic Directors of PACE

Faculty of Arts

Dr Michaela Baker


Faculty of Business and Economics

Dr Jennifer McPherson


Faculty of Human Sciences

Dr Kath McLachlan


Faculty of Science and Engineering

Dr Anne-Louise Semple


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