Academic honoured on Australia Day

Academic honoured on Australia Day

28 Jan 2009

As part of the Australia Day celebration in the Goulburn Valley (in the City of Greater Shepparton), La Trobe Universitys Shepparton campus academic, Dr Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe was named as the recipient of the 'Academic Contribution to Community Award.

Dr Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe The award was in recognition for his involvement in academic research, community education and advocacy for marginalised communities, particularly those of African background. Dr Nsubuga-Kyobe, a lecturer from the Faculty of Law and Management and is well known for working closely with communities across the Goulburn Valley and other parts of Australia.

"My main goals aim towards facilitating integration," says Dr Nsubuga-Kyobe, who has  been instrumental in establishing many of the African-Australian community groups and refugee settlement projects that help African-Australians in Victoria today, including the Melbourne-based African Holistic Settlement Services project and the Goulburn Valley Ethnic Professionals Association.

"I was over-whelmed by the honour of being chosen,but the glory must go to La Trobe University, Shepparton campus, because that is where most of the activities were been carried out," he says.

Dr Nsubuga-Kyobe has also written government funded and NGO reports evaluating and benchmarking settlement services for African communities. He has taken part in local, regional and State migrant consultative processes to help successful settlement.

Last year, he received a certificate of appreciation from the Australian Government for his contribution to the settlement of refugee families in Shepparton.





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