Rural students experience UWS Open Day

Date: 02/09/2009

A group of fifteen senior Indigenous high school students from Wellington and Walgett High Schools in rural NSW had the opportunity to experience university life first-hand when they attended the University of Western Sydney's Open Day at the Parramatta campus on Sunday 30 August, 2009.

The unique experience gave the students an opportunity to explore the many presentations, workshops and interactive demonstrations, and have fun at the array of sporting activities, food tasting, games and musical entertainment on offer during the day.

Maree Graham, Manager of the Indigenous Outreach Program at UWS, says the trip provided Indigenous high school students from remote areas of NSW with the chance to participate in a university event.

"Rural and remote high school students don't often get the chance be involved in the city-based and outer-metropolitan university events like open days.

"This was a wonderful opportunity to bring the students from Wellington and Walgett High Schools to UWS and show them around the University, giving them taste for what university life is really like," says Ms Graham.

The students arrived for their stay at the University's Hawkesbury campus on Saturday afternoon, and were met by staff from the University's Indigenous Outreach Program and the Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education. A number of current UWS students also greeted the senior students and answered questions about university life.

Before their trip to Parramatta, the students were given a guided tour of the Hawkesbury campus, including its residential colleges, teaching spaces, nursing facilities, science labs, and the reptile house.

Ms Graham was pleased by the positive response from the visiting students, with many now inspired and motivated to seek out further higher education opportunities.

The Indigenous Outreach Program at UWS engages with Indigenous high school students in Greater Western Sydney and beyond, and provides pathways and activities to encourage greater participation in higher education.



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