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CDU celebrates Indonesian engagement

From left: Dr Penny Wurm, research officer Rohan Fisher and Australia Award Scholarship recipient, Pak Kristianus Hale Berek From left: Dr Penny Wurm, research officer Rohan Fisher and Australia Award Scholarship recipient, Pak Kristianus Hale Berek

The robust relationship between Charles Darwin University and its Indonesian neighbours has been celebrated during a special event at Casuarina campus.

Some 65 people, including Indonesian representatives from government, private and university sectors, attended the “CDU Engagement with Indonesia” event hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sharon Bell.

Speakers at the event discussed CDU’s educational and research initiatives with Indonesia, including research collaborations, education and training initiatives, capacity-building activities, outbound student mobility programs and CDU’s Indonesian student community.

Also discussed were the CDU Bahasa Indonesia In-Country Language Program, and staff and students’ success in securing Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grants.

Midwifery course coordinator Dr Virginia Skinner spoke about emerging collaborative educational and research initiatives in Bali along with School of Health students Freya Martin, Bee Nagle and Rhylee Matthias.

Associate Head of Teaching and Learning Environmental Science, Dr Penny Wurm discussed field intensives in Eastern Indonesia, while research officer Rohan Fisher discussed CDU’s involvement in an artisanal and small-scale mining research project in the region.

Other speakers included Indonesian Consul to the Northern Territory Pak Andre Omer Siregar, Australia Awards recipient from CDU’s School of Environment Kristianus Hale Berek, and Menzies School of Health Research senior research officer Dr Jutta Marfurt.

The event has been held annually since 2013.