Issue 21
Monday, 21 November 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks congratulates Riley Borg-Wingrave, one of several scholarship winners
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks congratulates Riley Borg-Wingrave, one of several scholarship winners

Alice celebrates high-achievers

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University has celebrated the achievements of its highest performing Central Australian students at a prize giving ceremony in Alice Springs.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said it was important to publicly acknowledge student achievement and aspiration, and to thank the families and friends who provided support along the way.

Some 69 award recipients and six scholarship winners were acknowledged on the evening. 

Professor Maddocks reflected on the university year in Central Australia, which included a graduation ceremony and an Indigenous valedictory ceremony in June.

“The Indigenous valedictory was a fantastic opportunity to recognise the academic achievements of our Indigenous students, including Josie Douglas, who has received a PhD,” he said.

Professor Maddocks said upgrades valued at more than $1 million had begun as part of plans to modernise training facilities on Alice Springs campus.

These included a nail and beauty training facility, upgrades to the electro-technology learning facility and the installation of a barista café training area in the Desert Lantern.

And in an earlier celebration, students from six Central Australian bush communities gathered at Alice Springs campus to celebrate the completion of their studies.

Community Services trainer Jo Rose said graduands from Amoongunna, Titjikala, Imanpa, Haasts Bluff, Hermannsburg and Finke had completed a Certificate II in Community Services, funded through the Home and Community Care program.

“They have worked hard to complete a qualification that formalises the skills and knowledge they use to deliver services in their home communities,” Ms Rose said.

“Many of them will continue studying next year, in either the Certificate II in Community Services, or the Certificate III in Individual Support.”