The University of Notre Dame Australia is this week hosting 32 Indigenous secondary school students from across Western Australia at its Broome campus as part of a program designed to inspire Australia’s future leaders.
The National Indigenous Business Summer School is an initiative of the Australian Business Deans Council and a collaboration between business schools at Western Australian universities.
This year’s event at Notre Dame’s Broome campus is the first time it has been held in a regional area.
The Year 10 and 11 students will spend six days learning from Indigenous leaders, entrepreneurs and local business owners. They will also hear from 2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year Corey Tutt, who will deliver the keynote address.
Professor Tutt, a Kamilaroi man from the NSW south coast, is an author, social entrepreneur and the founder of DeadlyScience, a not-for-profit that provides science books and equipment to remote schools in Australia.
Professor Tutt said the summer school program was a fantastic opportunity for young Indigenous students.
“When I was growing up I’d have loved to have had the opportunity to attend an event like this.”
Notre Dame’s National Head of the School of Business and Law, Michael Quinlan, said the immersive NIBSSWA experience had the potential to change the lives of the students who took part.
“We are thrilled to be able to host the event at our Broome campus and to give these students a unique insight into university life and a future career in business,” Professor Quinlan said.
“The students will hear first-hand from local Aboriginal entrepreneurs about the opportunities that working in business may bring. They will be able to create business ideas of their own, giving them the potential to build a legacy for themselves and their families.”