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Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education annual report 2015



Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education annual report 2015


Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (N.T.)


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Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education annual report; Annual Report


1 January to 31 December 2015

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Batchelor College annual report

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The investment that Australia makes in our mass education system is estimated at $67 billion. Across the nation, every year people make their way to places of learning in the various sectoral offerings. Whilst Batchelor Institute is just one of these offerings and numerically may not be a large organisation, our impact and significance on the educational landscape is immense. Just two years ago we gathered as a community to celebrate our 40th anniversary. In the midst of reminiscing were the stories of the trials and tribulations that Batchelor Institute has faced and overcome in order to be Australias only comprehensive First Nations institute. An encompassing theme that emerged as part of the celebration was the fact that we had survived. In reviewing the past year of Batchelor Institute, I believe there are signs that we are doing much more than surviving. In fact, we are thriving. With record numbers of graduates, growth in our core activities and new offerings, as well as national recognition of our staff and students and our internationalisation agenda, Batchelor Institute is rising to new horizons. These new prospects mean that you are likely to find Batchelor Institute in new places that our founders may not have ever envisioned. It may be that you find Batchelor Institute on the big screen with our multimedia storytelling or on the military parade ground through our expanding dynamic relationships. The world has come to us, with international delegations forging ever-new possibilities and with the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) giving us interim accreditation. Batchelor is also going out to the world. 2016 will see the launch of a partnership between the Institute and the NT Government to deliver Certificate I in Spoken and Written English to Timorese students heralding the beginning of an exciting new era for the Institute. Finally, our own staff member and the first Batchelor Institute PhD recipient Dr Kathryn Gilbey will be taking Batchelor Institute to the international stage as a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Whatever new horizons Batchelor Institute pursues, we take with us our founding philosophy and ethos of Both-ways, that melds Indigenous knowledge and traditions with western disciplines, without compromising on either. In doing so, we equip our students, and inextricably our people and communities, with the ability to determine their own future. Success like this is not just stumbled upon. I want to thank my Council for the resolute passion and talent they bring to the table. I particularly want to acknowledge our dynamic CEO Bob Somerville and his leadership team and committed staff, who on any given day lift one of the nations smallest institutes to epic proportions. Our relationship with Charles Darwin University (CDU) , through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), broadens our education offering. Finally, at the core of all we do are our students, families and communities who heed the call of their Ancestors and claim their cultural authority through education. As we continue to grow and spread our wings - whether it is in class, online or on country, a Batchelor Institute qualification is one that has, over forty years, maintained an unbroken link to the original Batchelor Institute dream. I think that you will all agree that this has been a watershed year in the history of Batchelor. Professor Markham Rose, Chair, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education Council Message from Chair 4 Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

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