Publication Award - Indigenous Professional Development

1 September 2016

Sector: Publication Award

Country location: Japan

Grantee: Prof Koji Maeda 

40 year anniversary for Australia-Japan Foundation
40 year anniversary for Australia-Japan Foundation 1976-2016

Project Description

This paper considers issues surrounding the professional development of Indigenous Australians within universities through the lens of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

These efforts to open universities and contribute to specialized knowledge acquisition and skill advancement by Indigenous Australians are being carried out from an affirmative action- based perspective.

The characteristics of and issues surrounding professional development and specialized job training for Indigenous Australian students attending universities with such programs are explored. Specific focus is placed on the meaning that Indigenous Australians are given to the systematization of policies promoting their participation in mainstream society and providing the foundation for professional development and specialized job training.

The results of this study clearly indicate that both ways approach to specialized job training at universities is needed. Universities are expected to encourage the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives across professional programs of study. When planning professional development for indigenous peoples at universities, it is important to fully understand the purpose of the Declaration, which is the internationally recognized the right of indigenous peoples to education, and to consider how to construct programs that enable the empowerment of Indigenous Australians through cooperation and collaboration with non-indigenous peoples. 

Key dates

Indigenous Education Seminar, Faculty of Education, Monash University, 22/08/2016 Publication, 30/06/2017

Australia-Japan Foundation Publication Award amount: $10,000.00



Last Updated: 16 August 2016