I would like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK) website. The CAIK team share a passion to advance the social and economic fabric of Australia and believe that the work we are undertaking at UTS provides an ongoing and significant contribution towards this goal. The University-wide adoption of the Indigenous Graduate Attribute (IGAs) will contribute to the development of an equitable Australia by ensuring that all UTS graduates have Indigenous professional competency as appropriate to their profession. Each year UTS graduates approximately 10,000 students, each of whom will have completed an IGA.
Whilst the IGA is our main mandate, I envisage that CAIK will be known as a centre for postgraduate excellence in the very near future when we ‘unleash’ our unique postgraduate coursework and higher degree research programs. I would encourage anyone considering postgraduate studies in Indigenous Education or a similar area to contact the CAIK team to see how we might be able to assist.
In closing, I look forward to a bright future that includes the progression of the IGA project, delivery of excellent Indigenous focussed postgraduate programs, building our community and industry partnerships, high quality research projects, contributing to the wider university community, and a number of other positive outcomes that stem from CAIKs great work. Most importantly, I am truly blessed to lead such a terrific, dynamic and innovative team.
Professor Michelle Trudgett
Director of CAIK and Professor of Indigenous Education