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CDU welcomes Timor-Leste students

By Louise Errington

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said CDU has a strong relationship with, and commitment to, the growing nation of Timor-Leste Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said CDU has a strong relationship with, and commitment to, the growing nation of Timor-Leste

A group of nine students from the Timor-Leste Government’s Ministry of Finance has arrived at Casuarina campus to begin their studies.

Their arrival comes after the announcement that Charles Darwin University has been selected as the education and training provider for Timor-Leste’s future Information Technology leaders.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said an IT scholarship fund has been established for the Ministry of Finance’s employees to complete higher education Information Technology courses at CDU.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the university, and demonstrates the confidence the Timor-Leste Government has in CDU’s ability to deliver quality education and training,” Professor Glover said.

“This agreement is a direct result of CDU’s strong relationship with, and commitment to, the growing nation of Timor-Leste.”

The university worked with the ministry in the recruitment and selection of students for the Information Technology Scholarship Program.

In preparation for their academic studies, the students are undertaking English language programs at the Navitas English language centre on Casuarina campus.

Once their language studies are completed, eligible students will enrol in undergraduate courses in Information Technology in July 2014.

The IT scholarship program is funded through the Timor-Leste Human Capital Development Fund, and covers tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses and related costs. The university also will provide support services and pastoral care to ensure the students achieve their academic potential.

CDU is also training 14 students in accounting degree programs from Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Finance, who are expected to complete their studies in 2016.