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CDU hosts national Indigenous tertiary education meeting

By Katie Weiss

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership Professor Steve Larkin says participants discussed national Indigenous tertiary education issues at the meeting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership Professor Steve Larkin says participants discussed national Indigenous tertiary education issues at the meeting

University representatives from across Australia have discussed important issues about Indigenous tertiary education at a recent meeting at Charles Darwin University.

Stakeholders from about 15 universities spoke about Indigenous-specific higher education and tertiary education issues at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) meeting.

The two-day event was hosted by CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership and Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) Professor Steve Larkin.

“Meetings like these are so important because they provide an Indigenous standpoint and perspective on important policy issues that you might not otherwise find on a national level,” Professor Larkin said.

“Participants came to make comments on issues of the day, to network, and to share their concerns, ideas, and information with each other.”

Issues discussed included the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy, changes to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme funding model, and the potential impact of deregulation on Indigenous higher education.

Professor Larkin was also elected to become a member of the NATSIHEC National Executive Committee at its Annual General Meeting, which was held at the beginning of the meeting.

“The university’s involvement with NATSIHEC keeps CDU at the centre of national discussions and debates around Indigenous education,” he said.

“It also gives us the opportunity to contribute to those discussions that contribute to the shaping of policy.”

ACIKE is a joint initiative of CDU and the Batchelor Institute, focusing on higher education for Indigenous people.