Yamatji man’s tech studies boosted by Indigenous-owned IT company – UQ News

A University of Queensland’s business and IT student’s journey to becoming a business analyst has been boosted, thanks to scholarship support from Baidam Solutions, a Supply Nation-owned certified information technology company. indigenous.

Yamatji Man Denzel Strauss is the first recipient of the Baidam Indigenous Fellowship, which provides networking and career counseling services, as well as financial support of at least $ 4,500.

“The stock market offers some financial stability when I start my degree, so I don’t have to rush to find a part-time job,” Strauss said.

“With the early guidance and potential for educational support from UQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, it certainly helped me settle into my studies.”

He said he hoped to explore a wide range of career paths in the IT industry, but his particular focus was in the area of ​​business analysis.

The annual Baidam Solutions scholarship aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at UQ, with a particular focus on information technology and STEM disciplines.

This is UQ’s first endowment from an Indigenous-owned business and was greeted with enthusiasm by Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, UQ pro-vice-chancellor (Indigenous Engagement).

“I am delighted to partner with a proud native-owned, Queensland-based IT security company to create revolutionary opportunities for our students,” said Professor Fredericks.

“I hope Baidam Solutions’ generosity and commitment to empowering future generations of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander professionals and leaders will inspire other companies to follow in their footsteps.

“Together we can create change for a better world for Indigenous Australians and for all Australians.”

As part of its business model, Baidam Solutions is committed to creating training opportunities and employment paths for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the Baidam Initiative program.

Baidam Solutions CEO Pip Jenkinson said the company hopes the UQ-based scholarship will ensure better access to higher education for Indigenous Australians.

“We are absolutely delighted to present this scholarship – an achievement that the entire information and communications technology industry can be proud of,” said Jenkinson.

“It is only through the continued support of our community of customers and suppliers that we represent that this has been made possible.

“We are offering clients across Australia the choice to support a competent First Nations information security firm and, when that choice is made, we have the opportunity to create a lasting legacy such as this scholarship. “

Media: Marc Barnbaum, UQ Communications, [email protected], +61 (0) 407 863 376.

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