Issue 6 - 2 July 2012 enews home

Doctoral achievement in Alice Springs

By Patrick Nelson

Adam Bourke

CDU Chancellor Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM and Dr Jane Walker at the graduation ceremony in Alice Springs

Charles Darwin University has celebrated the graduation of an Alice Springs-based PhD student with Dr Jane Walker collecting her testamur at the mid-year graduation ceremony in Alice Springs.

Campus Administrator David Reilly said the milestone represented the end of six years of research during which Dr Walker examined the management of a large and fragile portion of the Northern Tanami Desert near Lajamanu, 870 km north-west of Alice Springs.

"Graduation day is always a special day for anyone who has fulfilled the requirements of a robust educational program, but we are especially proud of Dr Walker and acknowledge her ground-breaking achievement," he said.

"Dr Walker has been a positive influence in the research area of the campus and has been a good role model for fellow doctoral students with the dedication she has shown towards her work."

Mr Reilly said Dr Walker's achievement was an indication of things to come in terms of higher education in Alice Springs.

"We have developed a strong reputation for delivering quality VET programs over a number of years, but it is just as important that we get more runs on the board in higher education," he said.