Gurinbey hosts National Indigenous Higher Education Network Conference 


CDU’s Casuarina campus-based Indigenous Academic Support Centre, Gurinbey will host the second National Indigenous Higher Education Network Conference for 2008 on 5-6 June.

The National Indigenous Higher Education Network (NIHEN) is a cohort of professional bodies, established to provide a representative voice for Indigenous higher education knowledge networks. NIHEN colleagues meet four times a year; each conference is hosted by a different university.

Indigenous Academic Support Coordinator, Roz Angeles will welcome 25 delegates from universities across Australia, and is getting ready for a busy and interesting couple of days.

“Gurinbey is pleased to welcome a large contingent of senior Indigenous academics to the Top End, and is looking forward to actively participating in the exchange of skills and knowledge within the network,” she said.

Larrakia man and CDU lecturer Curtis Roman, who is studying his PhD with the University, will conduct the Welcome to Country on Thursday morning.

At conclusion of the first day NHIEN delegates are invited to participate in Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education’s graduation ceremony.

NIHEN's vision is the achieving of parity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in higher education through the transformation of higher education by Indigenous people following the principles of equity. NIHEN's mission is to provide a forum for the staff of the Indigenous higher education.

NHIEN membership is open to each of the Indigenous Higher Education Centres within Australian public universities, the Indigenous faculty and schools of Aboriginal and Islander/Indigenous Australian studies, Indigenous Research Centres of Excellence and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

The conference will be held in the Executive Council Room, Orange 2 level 4, Casuarina campus.