One of Australia’s top Indigenous scholars, James Cook ÁñÁ«ÊÓÆµ’s Professor Martin Nakata, has been appointed to the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy. JCU becomes only the third Australian university to establish an Indigenous leadership position at the Deputy Vice Chancellor level.
Professor Nakata joined JCU in 2016, and as Pro Vice Chancellor has led the Indigenous Education and Research Centre. He was one of JCU’s inaugural Outstanding Alumni, and he was also the first Torres Strait Islander in Australia to graduate with a PhD, which was completed at JCU.
“This level of appointment will assist me to drive the policy work across the university, and help build strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with industry and community partners to close the education, health and employment gaps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in North Queensland,” Professor Nakata said. “I look forward to making a contribution also to the important role JCU plays in the region.”
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