Timor-Leste has been identified as one of the regions, of strategic importance by CDU in which research activities and capacity building opportunities of mutual benefit to CDU and partner universities can be maximised.

The future success of the world’s newest independent country is dependent on the sustainable development and management of its natural and human resources and industry and infrastructure. Due to its location and historical links with Timor-Leste, Charles Darwin University is well placed to play a key role in providing education, training, research, and consultancy services to support this capacity building.

Workshop Alert!

Steps to the Future: A Cooperative Workshop for Education and Training in East Timor

Date:        11 and 12 October 2012
Venue:      Centro Formasaun Joao Paulo II" -Comoro Road, Dili
Sponsors: The Australian National commission for UNESCO and CDU

Further information can be found on the Workshop web site.

CDU's Activites in Timor-Leste

For a complete and updated list of CDU's activities in Timor-Leste, download the summary (pdf, 97Kb)

East Timor Sunrise Incorporated

East Timor Sunrise Inc was established to provide both material and financial support to the people of East Timor until such time that the efforts of the local population make support unnecessary.

The work of East Timor Sunrise includes:

  • collection and transport of school furniture, school supplies, sports uniforms and sports equipment to Timor-Leste schools (begun in 2003);
  • collection and distribution of medical supplies to the Bairo Pite Medical Clinic in Dili (begun in 2003);
  • Christmas gifts program (begun in 2004);
  • monthly financial support of $US2,700.00 a month to the Bakhita Centre in the Emera District (begun in August 2005 with US$2,000.00 per month);
  • provision of training, mentoring and professional development (begun in 2008);
  • Horticultural development through:
    • provision of special horticultural shade cloth structures for both the Bakhita Centre and local farmers (begun in 2009);
    • Micro-finance for local farmers to enable them to purchase shade cloth structure materials and better productivity seeds to enable extended annual farming periods (begun in 2010)

An objective of the East Timor Sunrise Inc. is to assist the Bakhita Centre to become self sufficient over time. This is being pursued through the development of a practical Business Plan in conjunction with the Bakhita Centre leaders.

Should you wish to learn more about East Timor Sunrise Incorporated, donate goods or assist with its work contact:

Lynne Biggs


East Timor Sunrise Inc.

PO Box 2154

PARAP Northern Territory, Australia 0804

Email: easttimorsunrise@hotmail.com

Tel: +61 8 8981 2612 or Mob: + 61 4 0073 8125

To view the latest East Timor Sunrise Inc. Newsletter click here.

The focus of the Timor-Leste Reference Group is to share information amongst active and interested members of the CDU community and beyond about collaborative activities that have been undertaken, are in the process of being undertaken or under development.

It is anticipated that the circulation of this information will assist in the coordination of a university wide approach to activities in Timor-Leste and act as a catalyst for generating more opportunities for collaborative engagement.

Membership of the Group comprises senior academic and administrative members of the University’s governance hierarchy; active researchers; facilitators and managers of important stakeholder relationships and representatives of the Northern Territory Government.

The Group meets four times a year and is Chaired by Professor Bob Wasson, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and International. Secretariat support is provided by Sally Hodgetts, Manager, International Projects and Operations, International Office.

For more information about the Group or to receive a copy of the latest meeting minutes please contact Sally
at E: sally-anne.hodgetts@cdu.edu.au or T: +61 8 8946 7037

Information about new initiatives with regards to research and collaboration along with suggestions for consideration and review by the Group are sought and should be forwarded to Sally.

University: Universidade Nacional Timor Lorasae (UNTL)
MOU expired on February 9 2009. New draft created in March 2010 for consideration by UNTL. General letter outlining collaboration and possible future initiatives.
Foster academic exchange and research cooperation. Up to 4 x Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships.

List of High State Officials and Senior Civil Servants of Timor-Leste

Prepared by the Democratic Governance Support Unit, UNMIT - July 2010.
Click on the following link to download a copy of the list(pdf, 2MB)

Climate Change of Timor-Leste - a brief overview on future climate projections - Dewi Kirono

Prepared for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) September 2010.
Download a copy of the East Timor review for submission to DCCEE(pdf, 4MB)

Address by His Excellency The Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Draft 2011 State General Budget

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, National Parliament 12 January 2011
Page 14 - Of particular interest, $25 million in funding will be allocated to training and development as follows:
$7.7 million will be spent on scholarships through the Ministry of Education, $2.4 million will be spent on vocational training at Suai and Lospalos, $2.1 million will be spent on scholarships in public finance and IT, $2.5 million will be spent on scholarships in the oil and gas sector, $2.6 million will be spent on professional training through SEFOPE, $2.4 million will be spent on training in health and medicine, $1.9 million will be spent on professional training in law, $1 million will be spent on public administration and scholarships through INAP, And $548 000 will be spent on training F-FDTL and PNTL abroad. PM Gusmao presentation of the 2011 Budget(pdf, 149KB)

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