UniSA has a strong equity mission and we were the first university in South Australia to have a Reconciliation Action Plan. We are determined to be the University of Choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and through true partnerships with Indigenous communities and organisations, we are developing a pipeline from high school through to postgraduate engagement, identifying the best and brightest young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In 2017 we are expanding our commitment to our relationships, respect and opportunities for Aboriginal people and cultures through the development of a “stretch” Reconciliation Action Plan in which we will commit to the objectives of the new Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy and set clear targets to make an impact, not just on Aboriginal people but to all the people with whom we engage.
Enhancing opportunities for Aboriginal leaders
UniSA and the Indigenous Defence Consortium are collaborating to advance and support business and education opportunities in defence industries for new generations of Aboriginal leaders. The IDC was established to help Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs capitalise on the National Innovation and Science agenda. UniSA is supporting skills development in areas such as science and systems engineering, business administration, supply chain management, business marketing and growth and entrepreneurship.
Scholarships and help for Aboriginal people
The Business School offers a dedicated scholarship for Aboriginal Australians to develop their careers as leaders and senior managers in business, government and industry.
UniSA GO Scholarships recognise outstanding academic merit by high-achieving Aboriginal students seeking to study at the University in a range of programs. The GO Scholarships expand the work of Adam Goodes’ and Mick O’Loughlin’s GO Foundation which delivers scholarships to Indigenous students in public schools.
The Aboriginal Tutoring Program (ATP) offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, free access to qualified tutors with skills and experience in a wide range of study areas.
UniSA is also a strong supporter of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) which provides a dynamic educational program that gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers.
Wirringka Student Services offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a friendly, comfortable and supportive place to study.
Indigenous Participation Pathway is a one and a half year pathway program that supports students with no previous qualifications for university study. The program is open to all people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and can lead to entry into a university degree at the University of South Australia.
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