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Katherine celebrates student achievements

By Patrick Nelson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell: “It takes hard work, determination and resilience to succeed” Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell: “It takes hard work, determination and resilience to succeed”

Charles Darwin University’s commitment to regional and remote delivery was exemplified at the recent presentation event in Katherine, where more than 140 students were acknowledged for their academic achievements.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell said the commitment to regional and remote delivery had forged a culture of flexibility and innovation at CDU, underpinned by a deep engagement with its communities.

“I like to think that regional and remote delivery is part of our DNA,” Professor Bell said.

“Students here today cover the full range of local study mediums: some have studied in the town centre, some at Katherine Rural Campus, some in bush communities and some online.”

Professor Bell said their achievements were a testament to the commitment they and their families had shown to making often extraordinary efforts to complete qualifications and manage the demands of life.

“We all wish when we embark on study that these other demands would lessen, but they rarely do. It takes hard work, determination and resilience to succeed.

“Each student now holds the responsibility of being an educational role model – to your family, your friends and your community.”

Professor Bell noted the Katherine region’s proximity to the new Northern Agenda.

“Whilst we do not know yet what will flow from this, we do know that education will be a key to participation.

“We do not know what the Katherine region will look like in five … or 50 years (but) we do know that the better trained and educated you are, the better placed you will be to enjoy new opportunities.”

Some 36 students and about 150 guests attended the third annual Katherine Presentation Ceremony at the Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre on November 13.