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Indigenous education leader honoured by RMIT

Indigenous education leader Professor Jeannie Herbert AM is one of RMIT’s Outstanding Alumni for 2016.

Herbert is the Outstanding Alumni (Australia), while post-conflict community development expert Thao Nguyen Griffiths was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award (International).

The awards were presented at an exclusive ceremony hosted by RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, at the National Gallery of Victoria last night.

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In 2003 Herbert was one of the first Indigenous students to graduate with a PhD from RMIT.

Herbert is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education, Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies and Head of Campus, Dubbo at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales.

“My time at RMIT provided me with the critical experiences and space to enable me to successfully complete my PhD research and to ultimately feel fulfilled and confident in my role as an educator,” she said.

“Since graduating I have continued to work in the field of Indigenous education, maintaining a focus on my particular field of research – Indigenous success in education.

“Within this context, I consider that much of what I have been able to achieve has provided a very positive role model for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, encouraging them to take up the challenge of getting themselves a good education.”

Herbert has worked at all levels of education – with 20 years as a school teacher and guidance officer, and 10 years as an educational administrator across secondary and tertiary studies.

She also established an educational and training consultancy in 1994.

In 2012 she was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).  

The RMIT Outstanding Alumni Awards are an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and diversity of the University’s most accomplished graduates, paying tribute to alumni who have made a remarkable contribution to their industry, the community, and RMIT.

Herbert and Griffiths join previous alumni award winners: investigative journalist Nick McKenzie, Vietnam-based sales and marketing maverick Ngo Quoc Dung, founder of TOM Organic Aimee Marks, China-based sports marketing pioneer Priscilla Ho, fashion designer Toni Maticevski, Singaporean entrepreneur Ryan Lee, Bloom Cosmetics founder Natalie Bloom, award-winning artist Sam Leach, founder of Engineers Without Borders Daniel Almagor, CSIRO scientist Dr Amanda Barnard, and Olympic rower and business leader James Tomkins.

For interviews please contact:  Keiran Hargreaves, 03 9925 0104 or 0417 715 859.

For photos of the award winners and general media enquiries:  Deborah Sippitts, 0429 588 869.

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