Closing the gap in higher education

3 April 2014

AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) has officially been launched at ANU.

The not-for-profit organisation aims to increase the number of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students completing year 10, year 12 and transitioning onto university or full-time work and is part of the Federal Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program. ANU is the latest university to partner up with AIME.

The program was launched on 2 April at the Tjabal Higher Education Indigenous Centre by Professor Richard Baker, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), who encouraged ANU students to aim high and be a mentor to Indigenous students.

Yanis Bates and Jake Trindorfer are both AIME mentors who attended the launch.

"The launch is a celebration for everything we hope to achieve not only personally as an organisation but us fitting in as a part of the overall workings of the ACT region and the good work already going on here at the Tjabal Centre" said Mr Bates.

"We're really excited to be fitting into that and contributing any way we can to get more Aboriginal students through high school and on to university."

Jake Trindorfer, an Indigenous Graduate from the University of Wollongong, was on hand to tell his story to the ANU AIME mentors.

"No one in my family had ever been to university before - it was always seen as this far away, imaginary place," he said.

"Now that I've been, a lot of people in my family understand that university is a place where we can go to - it's encouraged my brothers, sisters and cousins."

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