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Koori Express proves popular with indigenous students

RMIT University is again opening its doors to indigenous participation in tertiary

education via its popular “Koori Express”.  This free bus service will ferry

indigenous students and their families from areas ranging from Warragul to

Hamilton to RMIT’s Open Day in Melbourne on Sunday 9 August.

RMIT Indigenous Education Liaison Officer, Eric Clarke, said this year they were

expecting over 60 people to take part.

“We came up with the Koori Express idea three years ago and it’s become more

popular each time we’ve run it. This year students and their families will be coming

from Morwell, Moe, Drouin, Warragul and Bairnsdale. We’ve even had interest

from our Hamilton Learning Centre, mainly from the community of Heywood, with

people coming from there as well this year,” said Mr Clarke.

Now in its third year, this initiative is organised by RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander Centre to encourage indigenous students to explore a

range of education options at RMIT including:  pre-apprenticeships, TAFE,

undergraduate, and postgraduate programs.

The program also encourages people who may be missing school-based

qualifications, but who have professional and life experience, to attend. Potential

students will have the chance to meet the staff of the Centre and meet current

indigenous students at RMIT.

“It’s an exciting occasion for us. Many of our students are now taking part in

RMIT’s Lead program as Ambassadors and Mentors, and they will help us to

encourage and motivate new indigenous students to study at RMIT and follow in

their successful footsteps.

“Meeting current indigenous students and hearing about their experiences, some of

which include study overseas as well as their academic achievements and support,

is one of the highlights of the Koori Express day trip for the students,” he said.

The Koori Express comprises of four or five star buses that transport students from

their home area to RMIT and back in the day with lunch provided. The Koori

Express is free to all prospective indigenous students and family members who

sign up to come on board.

For interviews or comment: RMIT University Indigenous Education Liaison

Officer, Eric Clarke, (03) 9925 4885.

For general media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, Deborah

Sippitts, (03) 9925 3116 or 0429 588 869.

30 July, 2009   

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