Our education and support programs aim to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gaining university qualifications. There are more than 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on our campuses in Townsville and Cairns and at our study centres in Mount Isa, Mackay and Thursday Island. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students come from a diverse range of urban and rural and remote communities including the Gulf of Carpentaria, Cape York and the islands of the Torres Strait.
Each year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait students graduate as doctors, lawyers, dentists, archaeologists, teachers, social workers, nurses, psychologists, accountants and many other professional areas and they make a difference around Queensland, Australia and beyond.
To develop the aspirations of our region's young people and promote the University as a real study option, particularly students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds and of Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders descent, JCU produced a series of videos to encourage students to consider the option of university study. Titled 'True Stories', each film is an inspiring and reflective personal insights about some of the challenges and successes faced at university.
Hylda studied a Bachelor of Nursing Science at JCU.
Jordan studied a Bachelor of Social Science at JCU.
Kim completed a Bachelor of Education (Middle School).
Alyce studied a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at JCU.
Check out JCU's YouTube channel for more True Stories.