Young Indigenous students from across Australia will head to RMIT tomorrow to learn more about engineering.
The 21 Year 11 and 12 students are taking part in the Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School (VIEWS) – a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, RMIT, Swinburne University and Monash University.
Dr Matthew Currell from RMIT’s School of Engineering said this was the first time the program had been run.
“Over the next five days, students will get an insight into what it’s like to study and work in engineering,” he said.
“They’ll visit four university campuses and meet staff and students from engineering programs.
“The students will have the opportunity to learn about different pathways into engineering and hear first-hand, inspirational stories from Indigenous engineers and engineering students” he said.
“By the end of the week, students will have an appreciation of what an engineer does and how they can impact society and improve the lives of people across the globe.”
Currell said the students would tour RMIT’s engineering facilities, visit the underground city loop with Metro Trains engineers, and participate in a bridge building challenge when they come to City campus tomorrow.
The program also includes site visits with industry partners, including leading engineering companies and organisations, and a dinner at the hallowed MCG.
Senior Manager for RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Stacey Campton, said it was important that the University showed young Indigenous people with an interest in engineering what it involved, what careers were available, and what degrees and pathways would move them towards their dream career.
“We want to see more Indigenous students on our campuses in years to come and this program gives them a taste of what they can get from university,” she said.
What: VIEWS Indigenous students visit to RMIT
When: Tuesday 5 July
Where: RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building, RMIT Building 80, Swanston Street, Melbourne
For interviews: Dr Matthew Currell (03) 9925 0402 or 0407 741 120.
For general media enquiries: Deborah Sippitts (03) 9925 3116 or 0429 588 869.