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CDU to train Timor-Leste's future IT leaders

By Louise Errington

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said CDU would provide education and training for up to 26 of Timor-Leste's Ministry of Finance employees in information technology courses

Charles Darwin University has been selected as the education and training provider for Timor-Leste’s future Information Technology leaders.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said up to 26 of the Ministry of Finance’s employees would complete higher education Information Technology courses at CDU.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the university, and demonstrates the confidence the Timor-Leste Government has in CDU’s ability to deliver quality education and training,” Professor Glover said.

“This agreement is a direct result of CDU’s strong relationship with, and commitment to, the growing nation of Timor-Leste.”

The university will work with the ministry in the recruitment and selection of students for the Information Technology Scholarship Program, with the first group of students expected to commence later this year.

Eligible students will enrol in the CDU Bachelor of Information Technology or the Masters in Information Technology.

In preparation for their academic studies, the students will undertake English language programs at the Navitas, English language centre on the Casuarina campus.

The IT scholarship program is funded through the Timor-Leste Human Capital Development Fund, and will cover tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses and related costs. The university will also provide support services and pastoral care to ensure the students achieve their academic potential.

The announcement follows meetings Professor Glover and several senior staff held with the Timor-Leste President and Prime Minister in Dili recently.

CDU is currently training 16 students in accounting degree programs from Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Finance, who are expected to complete their studies in 2016.