University of Sydney welcomes funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

11 December 2013

The University of Sydney has welcomed the Australian Government's announcement of an additional $50 million in funding to help disadvantaged students, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, to attend university.

The funding includes $1.36 million to the University of Sydney to launch the Get Prepared program, which focuses on early, effective and sustained engagement with Aboriginal young people, their families and communities to increase successful transition to university.

"Through the Get Prepared program, we will be working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students to make sure they have the best preparation possible for their transition to university study. A good preparation is the best foundation for success," said Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

"We want to challenge any doubts or concerns young Aboriginal students may have about attending university. We want them to know they have what it takes, to be confident about their career at university and beyond."

"Get Prepared will allow these talented and motivated young people to spend time on campus with current University of Sydney students and staff and find out what higher education is about."

The funding has been allocated under the Australian Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP). Since 2010, $505.2 million has been paid to 37 universities under the program to help low socioeconomic-status students access higher education.

The University of Sydney was one of only three Group of Eight universities granted HEPPP funding in this round.

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