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Opening university doors to indigenous students

Victoria's nine universities will hold a joint information day to offer indigenous students who will soon finish secondary school a one-stop location to choose which university fits them best.

An estimated 320 indigenous students from across Victoria are set to complete their VCE or its equivalent in 2011, one of the largest groups ever.

Students from across the state will be bussed to Thornbury's Aboriginal Advancement League for the "Koorie Big Day Out" to hear about the range of university courses, support, and scholarships available to them.  

The event is part of the Toorong Marnong Accord signed by all Victorian universities and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association to improve participation and success rates of indigenous students.

Event organiser and Toorong Marnong Officer John Page said the event recognises that the educational aspirations and interests of indigenous students are best served when the combined resources of Victorian universities supersede parochial competition.

"With a better understanding of the programs, specialisations and delivery models at all universities, staff from each institution will be better able to identify gaps in the broader system, and students will receive better advice about which university fits them best," he said.

Over recent years, record numbers of indigenous people have enrolled in university courses, and numbers of completions are gradually rising.

The media are invited to the Koorie Big Day Out to interview and photograph participants.

Event organiser and Toorong Marnong Officer John Page is available for interview on 0435 962 104.

What: Koorie Big Day Out
When: Friday 29 July 2011
Where: Aboriginal Advancement League, 2 Watt Street, Thornbury
Time: 11.00am

Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer,
Marketing & Communications Department, Victoria University
Ph: (03) 9919 5487; mobile: 0403 556 001

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