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The ‘University of Choice’ for Indigenous Education
For more than 25 years, the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University has provided university-level education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students nation-wide, using a community-based learning model of on and off-campus learning allowing students to undertake their studies without compromising family and community responsibilities.
The Institute of Koorie Education recently undertook a massive redevelopment with the generous support of the Harold Mitchell Foundation. Officially opened in March of 2013 the building has won the prestigious Victorian Architecture Awards Winner Public Architecture (Alterations and Additions).
In its imaginative and functional layout, design, art and relationship with the natural environment the IKE building facilitates a uniquely Koorie vision of education and community and brings a bold, confident presence to the Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus.
Designed by Gregory Burgess Pty Ltd Architects the previous building’s roof was raised creating a beautiful network of circulation and light, bringing together teaching areas, academic offices, studios with the Harold Mitchell Foundation Performance Space.
The work of the Institute provides some of the most powerful examples of the life-changing impact of education. Deakin’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates are making a significant difference in their communities as nurses, social workers, lawyers, teachers, artists, health professionals and as cultural experts in natural resources management.
'At the lnstitute we share experiences in the classroom. You are enriched and you go out from here and build on it in a very practical and personal way, and in that way it is much richer for you and for your community.'
Jacqueline Johnson, graduate