Burpee master, 2017 Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year and CDU Alumni, Bridie Duggan, is on a mission to raise awareness about mental illness prevention, and to spread the word about the positive impacts physical activity can have on mental health. She candidly shared with us how a personal tragedy inspired her to set Australia on the path to mental health wellbeing, all while gaining incredible success along the way.
Rikki Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering* from CDU in May 2018. She was nominated by her lecturers as a valedictorian for her outstanding personal achievements and academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she shares her determination to create a better future for her family. * This course has been replaced by the Bachelor of Engineering Science.
Mauro Del Citto is proof that anyone can make a mid-life career change, regardless of education or personal background. A Melbourne native, Mauro was in his early forties when he decided to make the switch from health administration to pursue a career in law. He recently took time out of his busy career to tell us about his journey and the massive challenges he overcame along the way.
Alwyn Jose recently graduated with a Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) at CDU. Last year, he won the IT Code Fair business and innovation challenge with his CDU Smart Parking system, which enables users to find vacant parking spaces via sensors that inform an app, when a driver comes within 2km of their destination. We asked him some questions about his experience as a CDU student.
Visual Arts graduate Kirstie Louise Scullen will be representing Charles Darwin University at the HATCHED National Graduate Show exhibition. We asked Kirstie about what motivated her to follow her passion in Visual Arts, her influences, and how she grew her creativity through her studies, life experience and perception of the world. Kirstie initially studied a Certificate IV in Visual Arts before graduating from a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Visual Arts)* in 2017. *This course has been replaced by the Bachelor of Creative Arts WCART1.
Passionate about ecology and wildlife, Larissa Potter graduated with a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours, from CDU in October 2017. She was nominated by her lecturers as a Valedictorian for her outstanding academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she recounts what sparked her move to Darwin from Sydney, and where she shares her experiences doing field work on the Tiwi Islands while searching for the elusive, tiny mammal called Butler’s Dunnart.
Success is not determined by your past but by your own perseverance. Gabby Hill's story sure sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but we can assure you, it's real life. Gabby didn't have a chance to finish high school: as a disadvantaged youth, she found herself homeless. A few decades later, after having brought up her own children, she fulfilled her dream to pursue a degree in Law. Now she is ready for her graduation day and planning to go even further and do her Honours degree, all that while being an Indigenous mentor and a passionate human rights advocate.
Ishita Singhal originally studied Information Technology before deciding to pursue a career she was truly passionate about. In October 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery from CDU and couldn’t be happier with her decision. We asked Ishita about what motivated her to follow her study goals, as well as her experiences as a CDU student and the challenges she faced along the way to become a midwife.
We loved seeing the support given to our October Graduates by friends and family. It gave us a glimpse of the positive impact our students have on their community.
Zach Davis has a passion for working with cars. Through CDU’s VET for Secondary Students, Zach was able to start studying a Light Automotive Certificate whilst he was in high school. After graduating last October, he went to the Gold Coast 600 to work with the Red Bull Holden Racing team.
When you’re mapping a path to achieve your career goals, you’ll likely be looking at a university and a degree that can help you land a full-time job pretty quickly after graduation. But what if you could accelerate things a bit? Talal Sabri chose to study Master of Accounting (Professional Practice) at CDU because of the program’s work-experience component. Thanks to his determination, Talal was offered a full-time position even before his graduation.
If you’ve always had an interest in science, maths and technology, see how you can apply these theories to practical challenges and help shape a better future.
Accounting has always been a passion for Ajit Shinde. In his early twenties Ajit studied a Master of Accounting (Professional Practice) at CDU Darwin Waterfront. Today he works as a senior auditor and helps students overcome barriers during their professional practice placements. "You need to know what you love doing and then everyday of your life is a blessing," reflects Ajit. Here’s what else the CDU alumnus had to say…
Hear from some amazing women from around the world who now call Darwin home. This recent Darwin Community Arts project showcases five stories of inspiring and courageous women who migrated to Australia, studied at Charles Darwin University and established their lives and careers in the Northern Territory. The project was initiated by Creative Producer Silpi Dhungana Pant and filmed by her husband, Nitesh Raj Pant, who is currently studying Tourism at CDU. Within two days of publishing on social media, it reached more than 10,000 views globally. 'My Story' is the video documentary based on the life story of courageous, independent and inspiring women of our community here in Northern Territory.
Samuel Keitaanpaa has spent the last few years studying pharmacy, but hasn’t waited until completing his studies to start creating positive change and making plans to shape a better future for healthcare in the Northern Territory. Here's his story...
Caitlin Marshall studied Law online with CDU, graduating with First Class Honours. After trying her hand at a few other different degrees, she was compelled to chase her dream in Law.
Meet Calista Hudson who graduated with a Certificate III and IV in Fitness from CDU. Hear about her experience studying on campus at Casuarina and how she contributes back to CDU through the Alumni network.