Children's University

About Children's University

To inspire a passion for lifelong learning from a young age and as part of its commitment to widen participation and support students from diverse backgrounds to access higher education, The University of Western Australia (UWA) is partnering with Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Children’s University Australasia.

Through the Children’s University Western Australia Partnership (CUWAP) and with the UWA Albany Centre, UWA is delighted to bring Children’s University to schools and communities in Albany, the Peel region and Perth.   

Through a ‘Passport to Learning’, children aged 7-14 from partner primary schools participate in learning activities of their choice beyond the classroom. Their achievements are recognised each year with a formal graduation and certificates, where children wear caps and gowns just like older students do at university graduations. Families are closely involved in the program, joining children in their learning journey and supporting their goals.

The CUWAP program embraces local learning opportunities offered by places such as public libraries, zoos, parks, museums, art galleries, theatres, sporting clubs, school clubs as well as businesses. All learning experiences are designed to have links to higher education learning and courses. 

You can learn more about the program's impact through the CUWAP 2020-2023 Impact Report [PDF 27MB].

We would like to thank the following supporters of the Children’s University at UWA:

  • Rio Tinto
  • City of Mandurah
  • Peel Development Commission
  • Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

How you can be involved

The Children’s University Western Australia Partnership team welcome anyone who shares our commitment to fostering aspirations and a love of learning for children of all backgrounds to consider supporting Children’s University in Western Australia. 

Schools first become a Children’s University Australasia (CUA) member and appoint a School Coordinator before inviting interested students at their school to become members. Although open to all, the CUA program particularly aims to reach children and young people, aged seven to 14 years, facing socio-economic and educational disadvantage. Families interested in participating can encourage their school to join the program. 

Public Learning Destinations that provide outstanding learning opportunities for children and their families are critical to the success of Children’s University.  

Members of the UWA community, including staff, students or alumni, can work with the Children’s University team to provide outstanding learning activities for primary school students, or volunteer for events such as Children’s University annual graduations.

Please contact the team to learn more about the program and find out how to be involved.

Schools we work with

Current partner schools include:

  • Boddington District High School
  • Bungaree Primary School
  • Flinders Park Primary School
  • Good Shepherd Primary School Kelmscott
  • Great Southern Grammar
  • Grovelands Primary School
  • Jarrahdale Primary School
  • Little Grove Primary School
  • Mandurah Primary School
  • Mundijong Primary School
  • North Harrisdale Primary School
  • North Mandurah Primary School
  • Redcliffe Primary School
  • Serpentine Primary School
  • Spencer Park Primary School
  • St Bernadette's Primary School Port Kennedy
  • St Joseph’s Primary School Pinjarra
  • St Joseph’s Primary School Waroona
  • Tuart Rise Primary School
  • West Byford Primary School
  • ECU partner schools

Learning Destination Partners

Partners include:
  • Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre (ALAC)
  • Albany Public Library
  • Albany Visitor Centre
  • Albany's Historic Whaling Station
  • Aloha Surfhouse
  • Aquarium Of Western Australia (AQWA)
  • Armadale Fitness & Aquatic Centre
  • Army Museum Of Western Australia
  • Art Gallery Of Western Australia (AGWA)
  • Australian Earth Science Education
  • Baldivis Children's Forest
  • Bibbulmun Track Foundation
  • Bunnings WA
  • Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre
  • Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG)
  • Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory
  • Carnarvon Space & Technology Museum
  • City of Albany
  • City of Armadale Libraries
  • City of Armadale Parks (Nature Play)
  • City Of Bayswater Libraries
  • City Of Joondalup Libraries
  • City of Perth Library
  • City of Mandurah Libraries
  • City of Rockingham Libraries
  • City of Stirling Libraries and Hubs
  • City Of Swan Libraries
  • City Of Wanneroo Libraries
  • City Of Wanneroo Museums
  • Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah
  • Decmil
  • Down South Arts & Crafts Collective
  • Dolphin Discovery Centre Bunbury
  • Educated By Nature
  • Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Sciences Museum (UWA)
  • Emma Blyth
  • Forest Discovery Centre Dwellingup
  • Fossicker's Tip Shop
  • Fremantle Prison
  • Friends of the Fitzgerald River National Park
  • Gold Industry Group
  • Gravity Discovery Centre And Observatory
  • Great Southern Science Council
  • Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (UWA)
  • Mandurah Visitor Centre
  • Marine Energy Research Australia (UWA)
  • Mount Barker Public Library
  • Mug 'n Brush
  • Murray Aquatic & Leisure Centre
  • Murray Public Library
  • Museum of the Great Southern
  • Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environmental Centre
  • National ANZAC Centre
  • Outdoors Great Southern
  • Peel Bright Minds
  • Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (Boddington & Mandurah)
  • Perth Observatory
  • Perth Zoo
  • Philosophical Engagement in Public Life (PEiPL)
  • Ranger Red's Zoo & Conservation Park
  • Scitech
  • Shire of Boddington
  • Shire of Harvey Libraries
  • Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Library
  • State Library Of Western Australia (SLWA)
  • St John Ambulance WA
  • SunSmart WA
  • Telethon Kids Institute Discovery Centre
  • The Amanda Young Foundation
  • The Nostalgia Box
  • UWA Sport
  • Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
  • Vancouver Arts Centre
  • WA Maritime Museum
  • WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Whiteman Park


Contact the Children's University Team

Artem Bourov
Coordinator, Children’s University
+61 6488 1245
[email protected]