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CQUniversity celebrates Indigenous student growth during national NAIDOC Week

Published:10 November 2020

CQUniversity has seen an increase in Indigenous student enrolments

CQUniversity has seen a significant increase in Indigenous student enrolments, with 17% more First Nations students studying at the University compared to the same time last year.

Deputy Vice-President of Indigenous Engagement, Professor Adrian Miller said he was thrilled to witness the upward trend.

“Compared to last year we have 99 additional students enrolled across our footprint who identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander,” Prof. Miller said.

CQU locations where Indigenous student enrolments have increased include Brisbane, Mackay and Emerald.

“Most of our campuses have seen an increase in Indigenous student enrolments this year which is fantastic to see,” Prof Miller said.

“However, while CQU has continued to achieve strong growth in Indigenous enrolments each year, there is still a gap to close to reach population parity.

“Indigenous people comprise of just under 20,000 students of the 1.5 million students enrolled in Higher Education in Australia so despite the recent large strides forward, there is definitely plenty more to be done.”

Prof Miller said CQUniversity continued to work hard towards improving access, participation, retention and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“CQUniversity has a dedicated Indigenous Student Engagement team providing all of our Indigenous students with assistance like tutoring, scholarships, mentoring, wellbeing support and other referrals as required,” Prof Miller explained.

“CQU is proud to be the university of choice for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including Traditional Custodians in the regions the University serves. We change lives by engaging and collaborating with First Nations people to deliver outcomes that promote empowerment and self-determination for Indigenous students, staff and communities.”

The University also recently launched its First Nations Research Higher Degree (RHD) Academy, which aims to address the Indigenous RHD population parity.