Issue 8
Monday, 07 October 2019
Charles Darwin University
Chief Minister Michael Gunner (left) and Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks at the NT Export Awards
Chief Minister Michael Gunner (left) and Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks at the NT Export Awards

CDU wins international education export award

CDU was recognised with the StudyNT Education and Training Award at the 2019 Chief Minister’s Export and Industry Awards.

Through its international export initiatives, CDU is committed to building and enhancing its international profile and engagement with Asia in particular. The university is building an expanded portfolio of courses that addresses global demand in niche segments including Study Abroad and Study Tours initiatives, dual and joint degree partnerships and internships.

CDU’s course development is market-led, using the latest international student enrolment data to identify opportunities for growth.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the award was recognition for CDU’s efforts in further developing education as a key export for the Northern Territory.

He congratulated everyone who was recognised at the awards, especially the two CDU students who took out both student awards.

“Jurse Joseph Salandanan, an international student studying a Bachelor of Design and Architecture, and Erika Mae Lu, who has just completed a Bachelor of Business, are exceptional young people and reflect the outstanding education that CDU offers,” Professor Maddocks said.

Jurse won the StudyNT International Student award while Erika won the International Business Council Business Student award.

Jurse is from the Philippines and is a representative for the NT Student Organised Network for Architecture, bringing architectural students together to develop the culture in CDU and make better connections with other universities around Australia. 

Erika is also from the Philippines. She successfully represented and promoted CDU and the Territory in the Regional Australia-Asia Chambers forum. Erika is a volunteer and an NT ambassador for Answering the Cry of the Poor, an international non-profit organisation that encourages and empowers poor families and communities through education and skills training sponsorships.

“I congratulate and thank CDU staff for their contributions to the university winning the StudyNT Education and Training Award,” Professor Maddocks said.

He said he was also pleased to learn that at least two other award winners were graduates of CDU.

“These are fabulous examples of how the university is helping to build a strong skilled workforce for the Northern Territory.

“While education is an export, it also has the effect of importing lots of talented students, who during their time here contribute not only to the vitality and multicultural vibrancy of the university but also to the broader communities in which they live, work and socialise,” Professor Maddocks said.