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Cultural Tree of Knowledge by Deanne Gilson

10 March 2020

Institute of Koorie Education changes name to NIKERI Institute

Deakin’s Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) has recently changed its name to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute.

The name change reflects a national footprint inclusive of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and growing Indigenous Knowledges and commitment to Indigenous research within the Institute.

We’re proud of the more than 1,000 students who’ve graduated from IKE over our 30+ years of history. This rebrand reflects the growing capabilities of the Institute.

Our next chapter

Based at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, the NIKERI Institute is committed to fostering productive and meaningful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and all other Australians to shape and co-construct a shared contemporary Australian narrative.

Through the key strategic pillars of Engagement, Teaching and Learning, Student Experience and Research, we seek to make visible and accessible the value, vibrancy and rigor of Australian First Nations Knowledge Systems, cultures, traditions, histories, perspectives and insights.

Cultural Tree of Knowledge by Deanne Gilson

This artwork is titled ‘Cultural Tree of Knowledge’ and is by Deanne Gilson, a Wadawurrung Traditional Custodian and a PhD candidate at the NIKERI Institute.

Community is our core

NIKERI will be a space that situates and promotes the principles of Community, upholding that the humanity, world views, experiences and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples be regarded with respect and dignity.

The Community Based Delivery (CBD) is a core aspect of our teaching and learning model, and will continue to provide access to higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The current courses offered through the Institute have not changed, and enrolments, current students and graduates will not be affected by the name change.

NIKERI will maintain and further develop a culturally safe environment for all Indigenous Peoples across Deakin that empowers authentic engagement, aspiration and positive outcomes.

Find out more about the NIKERI Institute.






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