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National Indigenous Business Summer Schools
In January 2023, Indigenous Year 11 and 12 students from metropolitan, regional, and remote Australia attended National Indigenous Business Summer Schools (NIBBS) in Melbourne and Perth to experience university life with teaching, support and inspiration from Indigenous mentors, business leaders and academics.
Developing entrepreneurial mindsets and building sustainable Indigenous businesses are key to empowering First Nations Peoples. However, only 1.2% of all management and commerce students are Indigenous, when Indigenous Peoples comprise 3.8% of the Australian population.
Many potential students are the first in their families to consider higher education and the challenges of living and studying outside their communities. Taking such life-changing steps often requires them to see what they can be well before finishing secondary school.
‘With Indigenous participation in business education remaining short of population parity, Australian business schools are collaborating to provide Indigenous students with fresh opportunities. NIBSS is raising awareness of, and interest in, a business education and driving change for young Indigenous students,’ ABDC President, Professor Keryn Chalmers, says.
All National Indigenous Business Summer Schools centre on a business case challenge through which student teams experience business in action. Also included are social and cultural activities like attending the Australian Open – where the Melbourne cohort were inspired by meeting Evonne Goolagong Cawley – museum tours, playing sports, and participating in yarning circles.
All NIBSS programs are collaborations between several universities and the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC), with the costs of all student travel, accommodation on campus, food and activities fully covered, with the support of sponsors.
This year the NIBSS at The University of Melbourne was in collaboration with Monash University, RMIT and Swinburne University of Technology. The other, at Edith Cowan’s Mount Lawley Campus, was also a place-based collaboration with Perth university business schools.
In 2022, there was a NIBSS in Brisbane involving a collaboration of Queensland universities.
Why did these students choose to go to NIBSS?
What inspires Year 11 and 12 students from around Australia to spend a week of their holidays at the NIBSS?
NIBSS students’ takeaways
What did these students take away from their week-long intensive in Melbourne?
How these students experienced NIBSS
These students reflected on their experience at the end of the week in Melbourne.
ABDC President, Keryn Chalmers on NIBSS
ABDC President and Dean of Swinburne Business School, Professor Keryn Chalmers, on the National Indigenous Business Summer School activities in Melbourne in 2023.
Students on their favourite NIBSS events
What were the favourite moments of the NIBSS week?
Picture: Tennis Australia/Fiona Hamilton
How good were the NIBSS students of 2023?
RMIT’s Professor Johanna Macneil was impressed by the calibre of the students at the National Indigenous Business Summer School in Melbourne 2023.
Do the NIBSS make students want to go to university?
The National Indigenous Business Summer Schools are a taste of studying business at university. But do they really encourage Year 11 and 12 students to move in that direction?
How Melbourne NIBSS students approached their case study
Dr Kate Sala, RMIT fashion and textiles lecturer, discusses how students used their values and learned to market them as part of their sustainable fashion case study
What do NIBSS mentors do?
When it comes to mentoring NIBSS students, the learning goes both ways.
NIBBS is where rubber hits the road
The National Indigenous Business Summer Schools are when the collaborations of university business schools immerse students in university life.
Why Australian University business schools collaborate to hold NIBSS
ABDC President Keryn Chalmers on the importance of the National Indigenous Business Summer Schools.
University of Melbourne’s Paul Kofman on NIBSS and student changes
The University of Melbourne has been involved in the NIBSS from the beginning. Professor Paul Kofman talks about changes he has seen in students and his hopes for the future.
Hopes for the future of NIBSS
Australian Business Deans Council President, Professor Keryn Chalmers, see a positive future for the National Indigenous Business Summer Schools for Year 11 and 12 students.
RMIT on the Future of NIBSS
What RMIT’s Professor Johanna Macneil would like to see in the future of the NIBSS.
Monash Business School’s Robert Brooks on NIBSS
The value that Monash Business School sees in being one of the NIBSS collaborators.