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Nhulunbuy staff, students celebrate

By Patrick Nelson

Staff and students at Nhulunbuy celebrate a year of academic achievement. Photo: Arafura Times Staff and students at Nhulunbuy celebrate a year of academic achievement. Photo: Arafura Times

Charles Darwin University in Nhulunbuy has put the finishing touches on 2014 with a celebration to mark student achievement and the end of the academic year.

Nhulunbuy Campus Administrator Nicholas O’Callaghan said the three full-time staff and nine visiting lecturers had delivered training to almost 500 students in Northeast Arnhem Land during the year.

“If you count all the short courses, all the skill sets and all the qualifications that are still in progress, the student total comes to 498,” Mr O’Callaghan said.

“We delivered training on Groote Eylandt and Elcho Island, and Garrthalala as well as here at the town training centre.

“Most of our students undertake vocational training of one sort of another, but among our completers were four who graduated with higher education qualifications.

“These included two in teaching and learning, one in health and a Bachelor of Law graduate who did the course over six years as an external student.”

Mr O’Callaghan said he was optimistic that Nhulunbuy would continue to adapt and strengthen in the aftermath of the Rio Tinto refinery closure.

“The town was a little less vibrant this year with the drop in population, but in general, people are just getting on with it.

“The way we look at it is that while the population in East Arnhem has gone from 17,500 to 15,500, there are still a lot of people with vocational and tertiary needs and ambitions.”

Mr O’Callaghan said CDU would deliver the popular coastal maritime operations coxswains course again next year.

“We will also deliver agrifoods training and courses in business, children’s services, tourism, hospitality and recreation, and others.

“I think we’re in for a repeat performance next year; watch this space,” he said.