Leading power and automation technology company, ABB Australia has announced its sponsorship support for the successful Galuwa Engineering Experience program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, presented by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
The UTS Galuwa Engineering Experience program encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to take up engineering as a career.
The three-day program provides 29 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students with the experience of what it is like to study engineering, and to discover the wide range of exciting opportunities that exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in engineering.
Students travelled to the UTS campus at Sydney from across NSW, QLD, ACT and VIC to participate in interactive hands-on workshops led by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology and the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning.
An ABB sponsored Galuwa Graduation Luncheon, held at Sydney Sky Tower on the final day afforded students an opportunity to hear inspirational talks by engineering professionals.
According to Axel Kuhr, country manager for ABB in Australia, as a global company with a history steeped in engineering innovation, ABB is confident that proactive initiatives such as Galuwa will help grow the pool of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engineering graduates.
Brigette Sancho, Development Manager for UTS says that the word ‘Galuwa’ means ‘to climb’ in Gadigal language; this is exactly what UTS and ABB wants Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students to do with this interactive winter program.
ABB also contributed to the program by running an interactive session on electric motors and sustainable energy where students were introduced to the engineering concepts behind these technologies and then had the opportunity to see them in action through practical activities.
Maritiza Messina, Program Manager for Galuwa adds that the students were given a real understanding of the study of engineering and the opportunity to experience what a career in the field may look like.
The sponsorship of the Galuwa program supports several of ABB’s 2013 Reconciliation Action Plan objectives, launched in May 2013. The UTS program not only improves students’ access and awareness about the exciting and fulfilling engineering careers available to them, it also aids in building understanding and positive relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people.