UTS is embarking on a ground-breaking proposal to build Australia's first truly comprehensive Indigenous Residential College. Once completed the college is expected to be one of the largest and most significant colleges of its type in the world.
The estimated $100 million world-class facility – which will offer a comprehensive range of services above and beyond accommodation – will be for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students (with an Indigenous majority), with the celebration of Indigenous identity and culture at its core.
Its impact will be multi-generational, with its thousands of graduates over the coming decades entering leadership roles with a shared commitment to a more inclusive nation.
From the architectural and interior design to the programs, living and communal areas and beyond, all will be led and informed by Indigenous perspectives and cultures.
The college will provide a home away from home for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to live, learn and grow within an inclusive living and learning community at UTS. At its heart, the college will celebrate the immeasurable value of lndigenous identity and history, while also building community capacity and knowledge by developing and nurturing the leaders of the future.
Developed and led by the Indigenous leadership team at UTS and the Indigenous community, the college aims to remove the barriers, both real and perceived, that prevent Indigenous participation in higher education and the broader economy. The college will aim to do this by raising aspiration, maximising opportunities for entry to higher education and supporting the pursuit of quality employment, careers and contribution to society.
This is a strengths-based and excellence initiative, informed by evidence and enriched by wide consultation. The college will be diverse and fully inclusive of all peoples, providing accommodation for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students – as we work to promote and model a unified nation.
- Accommodation for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, with approximately 250 beds envisaged.
- Architect-designed landmark building and contemporary interior design, informed by Indigenous designers with Indigenous culture and identity at its core
- Publicly accessibly cultural centre and community spaces
- Program of events and opportunities in collaboration with a range of education, cultural, community, industry and government partners
- Scholarships and cost-covered accommodation for Indigenous students
The college will also build connections with schools and employers, creating a pipeline of leaders of the future.