The Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre provides a meeting place and support-base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at ANU.
'Tjabal' means large assembly of groups from widely separated areas. Here you will find Indigenous students and staff strongly committed to improving education outcomes and achieving study and career goals that positively impact our communities
The Centre offers:
- academic support and advice
- pastoral care and personal support
- access to quality free tuition
- advice on internships and scholarships
- access to ANU services, such as health centre, careers and academic skills and learning
- outreach programs to prospective ANU students
- study spaces, a computer laboratory and lockers
- bikes for cross-campus use.
"This piece uses colours which were in the sky above Canberra during a spring sunset as I painted it. The central band of colours shows the silhouette of the mountain visible from the students centre against a darkening sky. This particular mountain - Black Mountain - is a place in Canberra on which many sacred sites exist. It is a place of spiritual importance, for the Ngunnawal people in this area, and as such forms the foundation for the central design of the painting."
"The blue and white dreaming tracks lead into a central meeting place, and it is along these paths that the students travel and meet at Tjabal, our Centre at ANU. From this central ground, students branch out into different areas of the University, into their places of learning. The different facilities are represented by the six smaller meeting places. These faculties are Arts, Law, Languages, Science, Fine Arts and Information Technology."