Gurinbey, Akaltye and Duwun open their doors 


Three morning teas held recently at Charles Darwin University’s Gurinbey, Akaltye and Duwun Indigenous Academic Support Centres have been heralded a success.

The morning teas, held on Wednesday 21 November, were a follow-on activity from the recent Indigenous Centre naming celebrations that were conducted at Casuarina campus on 19 October, Alice Springs campus on 26 October, and Palmerston campus on 2 November.

Over 130 people attended the concurrent morning teas, with a number of Indigenous secondary students and staff joining members of the public at the Akaltye (Alice Springs) open day and CDU staff who mingled with guests at the Gurinbey (Casuarina) and Duwun (Palmerston) events.

In addition to guests being taken on a tour of the campuses they were provided with an opportunity to meet Indigenous Academic Support staff at the three centres and learn more about the roles that the centres play to promote Indigenous education in the Northern Territory and support and encourage Indigenous students to reach their full potential at CDU.

Each centre had a number of career and education information booths set up to provide information about courses, study options, Indigenous tutorial assistance, educational and career pathways, accommodation, scholarships, cadetships, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Coordinator of the Indigenous Academic Support Unit, Roz Angeles said it was heartening to see so many members of the community interested in what the Indigenous centres are striving to achieve for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“They have supported us by giving of their time and energy to set up information booths and talk to Indigenous potential students about real opportunities and study options available to them in 2008.”

The Indigenous Centres have opened their doors and academic support continues to grow.