Issue 9
Monday, 06 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Lorenzo Strano, Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika, Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and I Nyoman Adi Wiryatama
Lorenzo Strano, Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika, Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and I Nyoman Adi Wiryatama

Vice-Chancellor welcomes Bali Governor

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University has strengthened ties with Bali following a recent visit to Casuarina campus by a diplomatic delegation that included the island’s Governor.

The high-level delegation was in the Top End to learn how the Territory responds to disasters and emergencies.

Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management Studies Theme Leader Associate Professor Akhilesh Surjan helped give a presentation that featured CDU’s academic and research activities in humanitarian, emergency and disaster management.

“They took a keen interest in the suite of courses we offer in this field and indicated a desire for further collaboration,” Dr Surjan said.

“They recognised that our proximity to South-east Asia, coupled with the fact that we are geographically located in a region that is prone to different types of disasters, gives us a perspective that is relevant to them.

“They also identified that our courses provide students with the technical, managerial and leadership skills required to enter or continue in a career in emergency and disaster management.”

The delegation comprised Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika, Bali Legislative Assembly Head I Nyoman Adi Wiryatama, Bali Army Chief-of-Staff Brigadier General I Made Sumantra, Sanglah Hospital CEO I Nengah Kuning Atmadjaya and the head of Bali’s Disaster Mitigation Agency Dewa Made Indra. The visit was facilitated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s NT Director Lorenzo Strano.