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NTG provides opportunity to study oil and gas at CDU


By Leanne Coleman

Adam Bourke

Chief Minister Paul Henderson presented the CDU scholarship to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao, at a ceremony at Parliament House in Darwin late last week

A scholarship valued at $100,000 will enable a Timorese citizen to study for an Associate Degree in Process Engineering at the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas at Charles Darwin University.

The Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, presented the gift of the CDU scholarship to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao, at a ceremony at Parliament House in Darwin late last week.

Mr Henderson said the full scholarship at the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas was a gift from Territorians to the Timorese people in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the independence of Timor-Leste.

The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 and includes a $75,000 contribution from the Territory Government over two years and fee waivers offered by CDU and its partner Navitas English.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said the university had a long history of collaboration and cooperation with Timor-Leste, which he expected would intensify with the development of the oil and gas industry in the region.

"We are pleased to offer this scholarship to help build capacity in one of our nearest neighbours," Professor Glover said.

The North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas will be opened later this year at CDU's Casuarina campus. The centre will focus on meeting the education, research and training needs of the growing oil and gas industry in the region.