CDU is a major participant in an international pilot project for postgraduate students, entitled Sharing our Heritages, which focuses on the management of cultural and natural heritage.
The three year project is a joint initiative between the Australian Federal Government and the European Commission and involves participants from four European Universities and four Australian Universities including CDU.
CDU Vice Chancellor, Professor Helen Garnett, yesterday welcomed the group of 52 participants at a special function at the Myilly Point Heritage precinct
“The program offers postgraduate students a rare opportunity to study and experience first hand one of Australia’s finest World Heritage national parks, which is dual listed for both its cultural and natural values,” Professor Garnett said.
Irish student Veronica French, who has been studying at CDU over the past six months as part of the program, said Kakadu is a classic example of how to mange a world heritage park and the group was looking forward to working with staff and traditional owners during the field trip.
The students were also welcomed by Anne-Marie Delahunt, Assistant Secretary of Parks Australia North and Angela Collard, General Manager Strategic and Business Development for Tourism NT.
The group will tour Kakadu National Park this week for the second of two major field trips as part of the program. The first was held in January in Paris at the UNESCO World Heritage Cenrtre with a field trip to the Val de Loire World heritage Area.