Universities set targets to attract indigenous students

Australian universities are setting new targets in a bid to attract thousands more Indigenous students to campuses across the country, writes Bridget Brennan for ABC News.

In the first national agreement of its kind, a Universities Australia strategy will aim to boost student and staff numbers over the next decade. Universities will try to increase Indigenous student enrolments by at least 50% above the growth rate of non-Indigenous enrolments, and ideally by 100%.

If enrolment targets are met, an estimated 6,500 extra Indigenous students could be studying for degrees by 2020, Universities Australia said. Professor Peter Buckskin, University of South Australia dean of Aboriginal engagement and strategic projects, said the strategy had been years in the making.
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