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PM opens ACIKE Centre

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From left – Batchelor Institute Director Adrian Mitchell, Previous Vice-Chancellor of Batchelor Institute Jeanie Herbert, CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover, The Honourable Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Steve Larkin, Her Honour The Honourable Sally Thomas AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory and CDU Chancellor – Image supplied

The Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) building was formally opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Charles Darwin University (CDU) campus on 26 April 2013.

The official opening included a small number of invited guests who witnessed speeches from CDU Vice Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Professor Steve Larkin, and Batchelor Institute Director, Adrian Mitchell.

The Prime Minister enjoyed the opportunity to visit interactive classroom displays of ACIKE courses, including Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy Development, Preparation for Tertiary Success 1, Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocacy, Bachelor of Health Science and many more.

“We are beginning to realise how much there is to learn from the ways of Indigenous Australia. New perspectives on the management of our natural resources, new understandings in language, art and music. This is the real significance of places like the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges and Education.

Alongside its cultural function, this Centre will be a home to the next generation of Indigenous leaders. The specially designed Bachelor’s degrees will give students the opportunity to develop their abilities in governance, advocacy, community leadership and teaching.

The Preparation for Tertiary Success course will give those returning to the education system the skills and confidence to achieve the best possible results at university.

Every course works in partnership with the Learnline program so students in remote communities have access to class materials and discussions”.Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Supported by the Australian Government, the collaborative venture between CDU and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education focuses on Indigenous Higher Education needs and is the largest building of its type in an Australian university.

Batchelor Institute Director Adrian Mitchell said the Centre would expand Indigenous education significantly in the NT, including delivering interactive learning with connections to urban, regional and remote communities.

“Through the ACIKE partnership, Batchelor Institute is bringing together the old and the new, using cutting-edge technology to deliver learning in 40,000 years of ancient culture at our campuses in Casuarina, Batchelor and the Desert Peoples Centre in Alice Springs”Adrian Mitchell

ACIKE will increase Indigenous participation in higher education, policy, employment, wealth generation and business development. Indigenous students can get started on their pathways to higher education by studying Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS), a free program especially designed for Indigenous students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to be successful at university.

Successful completion of PTS will give students the minimum entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), Charles Darwin University (CDU) and universities in South Australia.

“ACIKE provides the ideal platform to provide skills and expertise to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in an appropriate environment, skills that will support business ventures built around traditional knowledges to be successful and most importantly, ensure that benefits stay with the people they belong to,” Mr Mitchell said.

The Commonwealth awarded CDU $30.65 million under the Education Investment Fund.