Developing Self-Reliance: New Models of Global Mobility for Indigenous Students


In a world of increasing global student mobility, Indigenous peoples remain under-represented. This limits the significant advantages that students gain from involvement in student mobility programs, including the opportunity to learn about Indigenous experience from other Indigenous peoples and increasing capacity to develop sustainable outcomes for their own communities. As a group they face unique challenges to engaging in mobility experiences. Not only do they still represent some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the world, but connections to local land and community often make travel overseas challenging, especially for young people who may also be the first in their family to attend university. This session proposes to explore how La Trobe University, through external partnerships in The Philippines with Ateneo De Manila University and in New Zealand with Otago University, is developing a series of innovative programs for Indigenous students. It will explore how the International and Indigenous Offices have collaborated to develop programs that facilitate mobility by overcoming the unique challenges that young Indigenous students face, with the goal of promoting the achievement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and contributing to a shared global ambition of self-reliant survival, dignity and wellbeing.