Issue 7
Monday, 07 September 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
The International Student Pop Up Cafe has proven popular since its inception earlier this year
The International Student Pop Up Cafe has proven popular since its inception earlier this year

International Student Pop Up Cafe returns

By Carl Pfeiffer

Charles Darwin University has marked the return of its popular International Student Pop Up Cafe by launching a cookbook of budget-friendly meal ideas. 

The cookbook, created courtesy of a partnership between CDU and Allianz, was premiered with live cooking demonstrations, snacks, games and prizes.  

International Student Support team leader Adelia Mu-Prasad said 21 cooking appliance prizes were given out to students through a free raffle draw. 

“The aim of the cookbook was to encourage our students to eat well by providing them ideas for quick, cheap and healthy meals,” she said.  

The event marked the first time the pop-up cafe had been held in Semester 2 after it proved a hit with students when it was launched in May. 

Ms Mu-Prasad said the cafe, which runs every Tuesday from 10am to 11.30am, aimed to provide international students with a regular opportunity to meet and socialise. 

“The aim is for students to develop friendships and community connections to enhance their student experience,” she said.  

“We hope to break the feelings of loneliness and isolation that many international students feel, being away from their family and friends, and to help them develop a sense of belonging in their new life in Darwin.”

It was a big month for international students, with almost 120 active participants taking part in CDU’s inaugural International Students Sports Carnival event on 21 August, enjoying a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.