Prospective students get a taste of uni CDU style 


Over 60 Indigenous students will get a taste of tertiary and vocational education tomorrow when they visit Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Casuarina and Alice Springs campuses as part of the ‘Taste of Uni’ program.

The year 9-12 students from local high schools will visit the campuses as part of ‘Taste of Uni’ festivities which will commence at 10.00am.

Alice Springs campus administrator, Dianne Underwood, said the major goal of the day would be to map out the possible pathways to a career from compulsory schooling through to tertiary and vocational education and training (VET).

“Students will be guided by our team of Indigenous academic support staff who are committed to showing students what they can achieve at CDU and the support facilities available.”

Last year’s ‘Taste of Uni’ resulted in a 60 per cent enrolment for year 10 attendees in options such as hospitality, community services and trades, and a 42 per cent VET enrolment for year 11 and 12 students who attended.

“Following last year’s great results, this year we want to highlight the bachelor courses that students can study locally in Alice Springs,” Ms Underwood said.

The ‘Taste of Uni’ program will be broken up into three sessions with five different CDU schools providing information in each of the sessions; these include automotive, visual arts, education, construction and engineering.

Students will also be taken to the Alice Springs hospital to see CDU nursing students in action.

Individual planning sessions for the year 12 students will be provided with an emphasis on scholarships, cadetships and other support options for Indigenous students.

CDU’s ‘Taste of Uni’ for Indigenous students is an annual event for years 9-12 students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and is coordinated through the CDU Indigenous academic support team.

For more information contact Dianne Underwood on 08 8959 5238.