THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health
24 March 2011
Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, has welcomed the Signing of a new agreement to develop an Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education (ACIKE).
The Agreement between the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University will provide improved Higher Education opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
“This Agreement for an Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education is significant step forward for both institutions,” Mr Snowdon said.
The Australian Government has provided almost $7m through its Structural Adjustment Fund Program.
Mr Snowdon welcomed the opportunity the centre will provide students to access the best quality teacher and nurse education.
“In addition, students can access a wider range of courses and take the important pathway steps to a fulfilling work career.
“Sharing of IT and Student Services through the centre will greatly contribute to the outcomes achieved by Indigenous students, the essential measurement of improved education delivery,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Separate to the Agreement, staffing restructure requirements at the Batchelor Institute is being supported by a further two million dollar allocation”, Mr Snowdon said.
“While the development of the Agreement on this important collaboration has been very difficult at times, the professionalism of the people involved in both Institutions and the quality of their work in developing the way forward for this immensely valuable project merits our recognition and congratulations,” Mr Snowdon said.
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