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ACS scholarship to encourage Indigenous tech students

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Representatives from ACS, Charles Darwin University and Chanston Paech at Uluru. Representatives from ACS, Charles Darwin University and Chanston Paech at Uluru. Supplied

The Australian Computer Society has instituted an endowed scholarship at Charles Darwin University to support Indigenous achievement in IT studies.

The announcement was made at Uluru on Wednesday and attended by representatives from ACS, the university and Chanston Paech, a member of the legislative assembly.

ACS President Yohan Ramasundara said in a statement: “The purpose of this initiative is to showcase Indigenous achievement in IT with a view towards inspiring other Indigenous students into tech careers.

"There are some really exciting Indigenous companies delivering technology-related products and services, and we really wanted to do our part in contributing to growing the ecosystem, and enabling indigenous talent to take their skills, products and services to a global market.”

The scholarship is an annual one funded by the interest generated from a capital fund and intended as in perpetuity.

Paech said, “I would certainly encourage those studying at Charles Darwin University in the IT fields to look at this and apply for it now and into the future."

Dr Jamal El Den, senior research fellow and head of IT at Charles Darwin University, said, “We are really excited that ACS has made this commitment, which is the first of its kind in IT at Charles Darwin University.

"The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit and demonstrated passion for pursuing a career in the field on Information Technology and will be jointly determined by the managers of the Trust and the College of Engineering, IT and the Environment.”

Ramasundara added, “Our vision is for Australia to be a world leader in technology talent that fosters innovation and creates new forms of value. This scholarship initiative supports that vision.”

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