Issue 1
Monday, 02 March 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Professor Ruth Wallace is committed to providing on-country support for Yolŋu students
Professor Ruth Wallace is committed to providing on-country support for Yolŋu students

CDU to support ALPA study hubs

By Andrew Hall

Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) and CDU have teamed up to provide on-country support for two new study hubs in Nhulunbuy and Galiwin’ku.

The hubs are part of a national rollout by the Australian Government, which aims to increase tertiary education qualifications in remote and regional locations.

Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Professor Ruth Wallace and Executive Director of Reconciliation at Swinburne University Professor Andrew Gunston have offered ongoing support for the initiative.

Professor Wallace said Yolŋu people had wanted for a long time to lead in all areas across their communities.

“This requires qualifications, vocation and accreditation, and that’s very hard to achieve when you live in a remote area with technological challenges,” Professor Wallace said.

“It’s harder for remote students to reach success without the same resources as students living in the city.

“This program will be a game-changer in having a trainer and access to university professors to walk beside them on their learning journey.”

Since consultations began in July 2019, 51 students have enrolled at the Nhulunbuy and Galiwin’ku study hubs.