Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simon Maddocks:
The impact of COVID-19 is casting a wide shadow over all our lives – and this includes many of our Vocational and Higher Education students who often work full-time, study part-time and juggle the responsibility of family.
Many of our students are hurting at this time – some of them are among the one million people who have lost their jobs as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak. …and our international students – who are an important part of Australia’s multicultural community - are also severely impacted because their part-time or casual work has disappeared overnight.
Charles Darwin University is already working to help our community – our students are making and distributing hand sanitiser, our 3D printer is trialling the rapid production of much-needed health equipment, and we have donated gowns and masks to our local hospital. But there’s more we can do to alleviate some of this pain and to help our students to continue with their studies.
We have created an Emergency Student Appeal that will directly benefit our students who are experiencing financial hardship. It will ease some of the stress and anxiety they are feeling. CDU will provide up to $2,000 per student for those who require immediate financial assistance… And I am asking you to help.
If you are in a position to do so, please consider donating to our Emergency Student Appeal. It’s a very real way of helping our students at this very difficult time. We will get through this and come out on the other side. And we will do it, by working together and supporting those who need our help.
Thank you for your continued support. Together we make CDU.