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Damian fights malaria at CDU

Each year, malaria infects more than 200 million people across the globe, with more than 400,000 of those people losing their fight with the deadly disease. Damian Oyong is on the frontline with research that could improve the lives of millions. 

Debra used her study at CDU to climb the corporate ladder

When Debra Hutcheson started her career at entry level with the Northern Territory Government, she knew she wanted to achieve more. Studying at CDU was just the thing she needed to make an impression and rise up the ranks. Working for the Top End West Outreach Team in Top End Health Services, Debra enjoyed the work but knew she wanted to achieve more. It was her decision to study a Certificate III in Business online through CDU that made that possible. 

Chao hopes to change lives through IT

An inquisitive mind and deep desire to help others led Chao Liang to Australia to study a postgraduate Information Technology degree with Charles Darwin University. But relocating his life from northern China to Darwin was just the start of Chao’s journey of personal discovery, which would enrich his learning experience as an international student.

'There is help wherever you turn': Kenisha on studying after kids

Indigenous woman Kenisha never imagined she'd become a lawyer. But, after having two kids, overcoming family challenges and living all over Australia, she's studying law at CDU. And now she's emerging as a leader in her community. Here's her story. 

From shoestring travelling to a six-figure salary: Marc on changing careers in his mid-20’s

The lure of Europe was strong for Marc when he finished high school, so off he went. After a few years of travelling on a budget and being away from family, he decided it was time head home and get a trade. Here's how his life experience put him good stead to study a qualification at CDU VET and reskill to take his career in a new direction. 

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Getting back in the game: from sports injury to degree

Not one to be put off by a sports injury, Emmanuel embraced his experience as an opportunity to think about his career options after high school. With an interest in helping injured athletes, he's studying a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science at CDU. Here's how he's using study to up his game - professionally and personally. 

'Endless opportunities': IT student Reema on staying local and loving it

To the surprise of her loved ones, Reema decided to stay local to study IT at CDU after finishing high school. Now, she's playing her part to set an example of what women in IT can achieve in Darwin. Here's her study story. 

Territorian techie stays local to study: Jack's story

Born and raised in the Northern Territory, Jack wanted to stay close to his loved ones after high school, while still achieving his goal of getting an IT degree. CDU was the natural choice. Here's how his IT studies and the tight-knit IT community helped him realise his career goals.

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Studying to be a role model for her own family and others: Feancy's story

Feancy had big plans to own a hotel, but starting a family and travelling the world changed her perspective. Now, with both a business degree and certificate in community services from CDU, she's working as a family support worker with Save the Children Australia. Read on to see how she's made it happen. 

Max chose CDU's law school over Melbourne. Here's why.

Max has seen a lot of the world in his twenty-something years. On finishing high school, the Bali-born, Darwin-raised travel enthusiast was all set to study in Melbourne. But, at the last minute, changed his mind to study law at CDU. Here's why he reckons it was the best decision of his life so far.

The surprising direction Jodi's career took after her nursing degree

When Jodi started studying nursing online at CDU, she was working in aged care with the dream of becoming a nurse. A few years later, with her nursing degree in hand, she’s ended up back in aged care. But this time, it’s different. Here's how she bolstered her career, while she was in a long-distance relationship, got married and moved interstate.

Knowing when to ask for help: Meg's study story

When Meg graduated from CDU with a Bachelor of Environmental Science Honours Degree, she quickly landed a job in her chosen profession. But Meg’s success came after many challenges. Her story is one of persistence, passion and knowing when to reach out for help.

Jenny picked CDU and is now fulfilling her dreams

For Qiujianni Fan (Jenny), the Australian lifestyle was a big factor in her decision to study in Australia. But it was also Jenny’s lifelong ambition of becoming a teacher and the uniqueness of the Territory that gave her the push to study teaching at CDU and fulfil her dream.

Does a psychology degree open career doors? For CDU grad Matthew, there’s no doubt

Mature-aged student Ruth’s secret to success? Horsepower!

Ruth McConigley’s journey to academic and entrepreneurial success has taken as many turns as a barrel rider. Ruth has transitioned from teacher to student to successful businesswoman—all while juggling married life, two young daughters, and a stable full of horses. Now living in the small town of Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia, Ruth reflects on how it all came to be.

Sharina’s persistence paid off in the best way possible

Sharina didn’t let rejection stop her from finding a job that would work with her studies. In fact, it was her commitment to her studies that won her the job

How CDU is helping futureproof a Darwin business and its employees

 “We believe that knowledge and quality work practises are the keys to longevity.”

She was told she didn’t belong in the gym...

Suzanne Van Engelenhoven has always been very physically active.

Someone called Leah a mature-age student “I’m not mature!” she exclaimed

All joking aside, Leah Sloan’s journey to success has taken many turns. She’s been an airline lounge manager, a chef—and most recently—an employer of over a dozen staff in her tavern.