Rotary Sydney Supports Australia’s FIRST Indigenous Residential College at UTS
Indigenous education is a critical part of national reconciliation.
That’s why Rotary Sydney is rallying in support of Australia’s FIRST Indigenous Residential College (IRC) – A place at the centre of higher education, where our country’s ancient history, and oldest continuing culture will be celebrated, and the next generation of Indigenous leaders can prosper.
Future generations will tell the story of how the community came together to make the College happen.
We invite you to join us to be a part of building history.
Rotary Sydney Supports Indigenous Education, Indigenous Excellence
Rotary Sydney supports UTS in establishing a university college that will be the first of its kind in Australia.
More than a building, this is is a bold new model of Indigenous education – one designed and led by Indigenous leaders to reflect and affirm Indigenous identity, culture and academic excellence.
With your support, we can help build a place where Indigenous students thrive
Traditional university models that remove Indigenous people from their culture and community have not succeeded in attracting and retaining students – the Australian Government has reported that less than 4 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participate in higher education, compared with over 25 per cent of non-Indigenous people.
The Indigenous Residential College will enable Indigenous Australians to see themselves at home at university, and empower them to succeed at UTS – and beyond.
Laying the foundations for a new Australia
This project is informed by extensive consultation, and grounded in Australian Government research proving that university is critical for improving Indigenous health, life opportunities and economic outcomes.
The evidence is clear that university is the key to empowering Indigenous people and their communities.
Examples of Funding Required for Each Space
These are examples of spaces Rotary Sydney are most excited about
NB at this stage, these are estimates only
Landscaped terraces garden rooms and dedicated smoking ceremony space
Bush Garden including native herbs and plants for cooking
Contemporary, Multi-Purpose Exhibition Space
2 Bedroom Apartment Accommodation
$ 365,000 each
1 Bedroom Apartment Accommodation
$ 365,000 each
$ 165,000 each
$ 50,000 each
• Cost of building development approximately $100 million
• $10 million from the NSW State Government secured
• First major gifts towards the capital build received
Project Supporters From the Community
“A goal that should be writ large at every university in our country: Indigenous Australians to see themselves at home at university and empower them to succeed at university and beyond. It starts here.”
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC, Governor-General of Australia and Ambassador to the Indigenous Residential College
June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Adam Goodes, co-founder of the GOFoundation
This is an historic opportunity to create generational change.
Contact Us About This Project
For gifts over $10,000, pledges or bequests please contact us and a dedicated team member will be in touch to help you.
Rotary Club of Sydney
+61 (2) 8014 8073