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University backs local business

By Louise Errington

Head of CDU’s School of Business Professor Ram Vemuri Head of CDU’s School of Business Professor Ram Vemuri

Charles Darwin University has reinforced its support of the Northern Territory business sector by backing the most important event on the local industry calendar.

As part of the university’s commitment as a Silver Sponsor of this year’s October Business Month (OBM), the School of Business hosted a networking session to build the local business community’s awareness of its programs.

School of Business Head Professor Ram Vemuri said supporting the event further developed links between public and private business enterprise leaders and the university.

“Supporting October Business Month provided an avenue for CDU students and staff to network with Northern Territory business leaders,” Professor Vemuri said.

“Participating in the event ensured students were at the forefront of business trends in the Territory and around Australia.”

Professor Vemuri said the business community was very impressed by the work experience outcomes of CDU’s students, which were showcased at the event.

“The School of Business enhances the academic and career outcomes of its students by providing on-the-job placement opportunities with local businesses,” he said.

Master of Business Administration student Tu Ann Calinga was a member of the event team that coordinated the function as part of her professional placement, while her classmate Tomas Fabo coordinated the publication of the 2014 CDU School of Business Prospectus.

During the function, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Giselle Byrnes introduced Professor Lisa McManus to the Darwin community as a newly appointed Professor of Accounting in the School of Business.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover updated attendees on the progress of the CDU Darwin Waterfront Business School, which is expected to open in July 2014.

Marketing lecturer Abhishek Shukla also gave a public lecture about creativity in advertising at Raintree Park in Darwin City as part of the OBM program.