Monday, 11 April 2016
Charles Darwin University
Indonesian students in this year’s NTCA program. Photo: NTCA
Indonesian students in this year’s NTCA program. Photo: NTCA

Indonesian students steer into cattle training

By Katie Weiss

Twenty Indonesian university students are gaining cattle industry skills at Katherine Rural Campus as part of an exchange program organised by the NT Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA).

The animal science students recently began their two-week training component of the NTCA Indonesia Australia Pastoral Program, of which Charles Darwin University is a service provider.

CDU Director of VET Programs Dennis Tonkin said the campus’s quality staff and training facilities would help prepare the students for their upcoming placements at various NT cattle stations.

Mr Tonkin said the students would have access to CDU trainers, horses, cattle and yards while at the campus as part of the 10-week program.

“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase our outstanding industry-specific facilities and expert trainers to overseas students,” he said.

“CDU is working with the NTCA to help strengthen the industry and education partnerships that we have fostered with our Asian neighbours.”

While at the campus, the students will also train in animal handling and welfare, delivered by the NT Department of Primary Industry, and a First Aid course with St John Ambulance NT.

More than 50 Indonesian students have completed the NTCA program since it began in 2012.