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Alumni stories

  • Alina at Graduation

    Alina finding her passion for volunteering

    Alina found her passion for volunteering while studying at Charles Darwin University. Since then she has founded her own student group, hosted self-defence events, received the Northern Territory Volunteer of the year award and been named a finalist of the CDU Alumni Awards.

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  • Edin Tom - Photo

    Edin – A dream equation

    Edin, from southern India, moved to Darwin in 2020 to study his Masters in Professional Accounting with CDU. With additional skills and experience on his resume Edin’s set for success. 

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  • Norman Evans

    A success story for all – Norman Evans

    Norman Evans is a wealth of knowledge and experience, having helped multiple companies reach success. He has worked in a number of industries, including the non-for-profit sector. Author, entrepreneur, guest lecturer and a great guy, Norman is a shining light for fellow CDU Alumni and students.  

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    Jolin’s calculated journey to a career she loves

    Arriving in Australia from Ho Chi Minh City, Jolin was passionate about furthering her career and expanding on her existing skills. Since studying Master of Professional Accounting at CDU she hasn’t looked back. 

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    Rafat found success in numbers at CDU

    Rafat completed a finance degree in Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to Darwin to pursue her masters with CDU. Rafat’s dream was to work with multinational accounting companies and before graduating with CDU, she secured a full-time job with KPMG.

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  • niki-fulfilling-dreams

    Niki and nature: together at Casuarina

    When Niki returned home to China four years ago after a year of volunteering at CDU’s Confucius Institute, she knew one day she’d be back. Well and truly won over by Darwin, it wasn’t long until Niki returned to study a Master of Teaching.

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  • ellie-graduation

    Fuelling her entrepreneurial ambitions: Ellie’s story

    Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, Ellie spent her childhood helping her parents manage their retail store. Ellie chose to study an MBA as she wanted to learn key business skills and surround herself with like-minded individuals.

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  • Teaching graduate Matt McKenna at school

    From hospo to teaching: Matt's career did a full 180

    When Matt was working in the hospitality industry, he thought he had his career all mapped out. But after one too many long shifts, it turns out that wasn’t the case. A desire for change led him back into the classroom, as a student then teacher. Now he teaches others the skills to follow their dreams. 

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  • MBA graduate Commander Sachin Sharma

    An MBA changed this top cop's worldview

    Sachin Sharma was a Superintendent of the NT Police when he decided to study a Master of Business Administration online at CDU. It would change his worldview—and his career. 

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