Agilent Aids Indigenous Students in Australia

Agilent is helping indigenous students in Australia pursue their education and career dreams in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

I’ve blogged about STEM before.  Some of our greatest challenges – including climate change, the environment, hunger and health – may be solved by technology.  But many underprivileged groups lack the resources to pursue these fields.

The Agilent Technologies Foundation has partnered with the University of Melbourne to create the “Indigenous Science Students Pathway.”  The program will help Year 9 and 10 students in three ways:

  • The University will extend its courses for indigenous students, including a campus residential experience called “RISE”
  • The Agilent Foundation will support a four-year degree specifically for indigenous students, providing them with an extra year of study
  • The Foundation will fund scholarships for indigenous students at both undergraduate and Ph.D. levels

Agilent will also provide workplace engagement opportunities and mentoring from Agilent employees.

“We’re delighted to help young Australians unlock their potential and receive the opportunities necessary for a career in STEM,” says Agilent’s Phil Binns.

“We look forward to providing both funding and the opportunity for career mentoring and experience to STEM graduates, provided by our experienced Agilent Australian employees.”

From left: Phil Binns (VP and GM, Agilent Australia), Karen Day (Dean, University of Melbourne), Professor Shaun Ewen (Pro-Vice Chancellor [Indigenous])


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