Callista Software Services and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education celebrate 10 years of collaboration, which has seen over 4300 awards conferred, changing the lives of thousands of Indigenous students.
Batchelor Institute is a dual sector tertiary education provider that services the education, training and research needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Batchelor Institute embraces a ‘Both-ways’ philosophy which enables exploration of Indigenous Australian traditions of knowledge and Western academic disciplinary positions and cultural contexts. The Institute offers a Masters and PhD program in Indigenous Perspectives and vocational courses in the fields of:
- Land Management
- Community Services
- Early childhood and care
The Institute also teaches into a number of undergraduate programs through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) partnership with Charles Darwin University.
Batchelor Institute is located in the town of Batchelor, 98 kms south of Darwin, as well as in Alice Springs, and in annexes and community learning centres throughout the Northern Territory. One of the earlier challenges of a dispersed and remote operation was attracting and retaining specialist IT expertise. This is where Callista Software Services was able to help. Callista implemented their Callista Student Management system at the Institute, going live in November 2004, and have since provided an ongoing Managed Service. Under Callista's Managed Service model, Batchelor Institute now has a functionally-rich SMS, with a centralised student management database, in-time implementation of upgrades assimilating government reporting changes, expert support and access for academic staff and student administrators. Callista has provided a cost-effective solution, eliminating any staffing and infrastructure limitations and allowing the Institute to concentrate on their valuable work with Indigenous students and communities.
2014 has been an important year for Batchelor Institute - celebrating 40 years of delivering quality research, education and training programs for Indigenous Australians. Added to this, the graduation of the Institute’s first doctoral student in September this year, and the ten year anniversary of a very successful collaboration between Batchelor Institute and Callista Software Services in Geelong herald the way for an even stronger and collaborative future for the Institute.