Today the University of Tasmania welcomed a delegation of international students as part of an annual Indigenous Cultural Exchange program.
Fourteen Native American/First Nation students and staff from northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona will be spending the upcoming week in the State. In a first for the exchange partnership, both an elder and a student from Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia will be joining the visiting group.
Students will be undertaking classes, lectures and tutorials at the University as well as cultural activities 'on-country'. The latter will include a trip to putalina (Oyster Cove) in the South, and tebrekunna country in the State's far North-East, guided by members of the local Aboriginal community.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Research and Leadership) Professor Maggie Walter said the program exposed students to the wider global field of indigenous studies and scholarship.
"We are looking forward to sharing stories about our Aboriginal culture and heritage with this visiting delegation while in Tasmania, and more broadly to building international networks that address the global under-representation of indigenous students in post-graduate education," Professor Walter said.
In February this year, five high-achieving Aboriginal students from the University of Tasmania travelled to Arizona as part of the exchange program.
Now in its fourth year, it aims to challenge and inspire participating students, while facilitating links into international Indigenous scholarly communities and networks.