Engineering a dream
2 July 2012
The educational dream of six Aboriginal students will see them return to the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies for a second in-depth workshop aimed at increasing their opportunity for tertiary studies.
The faculty responded to the success of a course held earlier in the year, the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School, and developed the intensive Indigenous Student Engineering Workshop.
The workshop is a next-step course for the students who were given a taste for a university course in engineering and an engineering career.
One-third of the students who took part in the initial engineering course are returning for the hands-program says Executive Director of Engineering Sydney, Keiran Passmore.
"This is about encouraging young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to reach their full potential," says Passmore.
"We are committed to building capability and creating opportunity for Australia's Indigenous populations and engaging their young people in the education and research being conducted at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies," he said.
This time the group will go on several site visits and meet real life young engineering role models.
The students will also participate in intensive maths and exam preparation workshops to be held at the University's Centre for Continuing Education.
"If we can help these students to maximise their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rankings they have a better chance of achieving university entry levels and becoming students at a university like the University of Sydney," says Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, Professor Archie Johnston.
"We want to nurture and equip our participants with the skills that are necessary to successfully transition from the high school classroom to engineering studies at university," he says.
Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) says: "The University is serious about finding new ways of engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and communities. We want to be part of making their dreams a reality.
"We are committed to helping talented young Aboriginal people succeed."
Young participant 17-year-old Tyrone Urquhart-Singh from the rural township of Robinvale in Victoria, says his parents never finished high school but they are supportive and encouraging of his desire to go to university.
"I am trying really hard at school to achieve this as it's my dream and my parents' dream for me too!" says Tyrone.
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