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CDU celebrates increase in Timorese alumni

Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, His Excellency Mr Peter Doyle with Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and Rector at the National University of Timor-Leste, Professor Aurelio Guterres Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, His Excellency Mr Peter Doyle with Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and Rector at the National University of Timor-Leste, Professor Aurelio Guterres

The growing number of Timorese alumni at Charles Darwin University has been celebrated at a special ceremony in Timor-Leste.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the event acknowledged CDU’s leading role in education, training and research initiatives in Timor-Leste.

Professor Maddocks hosted the event in the country’s capital city, Dili.

“We are proud of the vast contributions our initiatives are making towards building capacity necessary for economic development in Timor-Leste,” he said.

Several alumni have gained prominent government and industry positions in Timor-Leste since completing education and training courses at CDU.

At the ceremony, academic transcripts were presented to CDU’s five most recent Timorese graduates, who were Ministry of Finance Accounting Scholarship or AusAID Scholarship recipients.

Selected Timorese alumni spoke about the valuable principles they learned at CDU and how they had utilised them as workers and as members of the community in Dili.

Included in attendees were Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell and the Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, His Excellency Mr Peter Doyle.

Several Timorese government and other stakeholders, including the Rector at the National University of Timor-Leste, Professor Aurelio Guterres, also attended the ceremony.