CQUniversity Australia

Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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Tania de Jong - biographical details 

Tania de Jong AM, LLB(Hons) Melbourne, is the Artistic Director of Pot-Pourri and the Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation 2010 and 2011.  As one of Australia's most talented sopranos, Tania has performed with the Victoria State Opera; as a soloist with a number of orchestras and in over 40 countries.

In 2006 Tania received the Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award as Founder of The Song Room. The Song Room has provided access to creative learning for over 250,000 disadvantaged Australian children. 

She has recently founded the Creative Universe transformational leadership programs to inspire people to find their voice and to bring greater wellbeing, engagement and innovation into organisations through creative thinking and leadership programs.

She gives keynote speeches around the world and works with a number of disadvantaged migrants and communities, as well as developing and presenting unique leadership programs for many large organisations and universities.

Tania was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for service to the arts as a performer and entrepreneur and through the establishment and development of music and arts enrichment programs for schools and communities.  She is the recipient of the "Outstanding Individual Contribution to Australian Culture" award; a Churchill Fellowship and the Accessibility Award in The Melbourne Awards. She was also a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards and was recently inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University.

Tania was named Brainlink Woman of Achievement 2009.  She is currently working on a number of creative projects including Pot-Pourri's 25th Anniversary tour SILVER, The Pianist and The Diva and, with Stefan Cassomenos, ECHO, a new music theatre work.