Visiting Flinders today, Senator Chris Evans, Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, was briefed on the University’s initiatives in promoting entry and providing support for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and on the expanding Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs for students.
During his first visit to the Bedford Park campus, Senator Evans met Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parkin and senior staff, and also talked with staff of the LOGOS Centre about its activities, which are focused on teaching and research on Greek language and culture. Federal MP for Hindmarsh Mr Steve Georganas also attended the briefing.
In an informal session, the Minister met three students from lower socio-economic backgrounds who are now involved in the University’s mentoring programs for students in the local region.
He also talked to a group of seven students who have been involved in Work Integrated Learning programs run by Flinders. Three of the students were recently returned from the Washington Intern Program run by American Studies, while the other students had recently completed work placements in business, education and tourism. WIL staff gave a demonstration of the newly developed online program aimed at preparing students for their WIL placements.
Senator Evans is pictured with students Joanne Young (Education) and Shaun Donnelly (Tourism).