The NT Export Awards have recognised Charles Darwin University’s economic contribution to the Territory.
CDU won the NT Export Award for Education, the first year this category has been included, during the awards held at Parliament House on 4 October.
More than 400 international CDU students provide a large economic boost to the wider Territory community through their investment in tuition, accommodation, tourism and entertainment.
International students contribute an average of $15,000 in tuition fees and many work part-time to help fill the NT’s skills shortages.
Michael Opie, CDU’s Manager of International Students, said the awards recognised team work within the international office and the wider CDU community.
‘The hard work and commitment of our team ensures international students feel welcomed on campus and have a positive and rewarding experience at CDU,’ he said.
Mr Opie said international student numbers were growing at more than 30 per cent a semester as students realised the lifestyle benefits of CDU.
‘The relaxed campuses, easy access to facilities and great mix of students from across Australia and the world are big drawcards for international students,’ he said.
Australia recently overtook the UK as the second most popular destination for international students.
A recent visit to Vietnam by CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Garnett and NT Chief Minister Claire Martin highlighted CDU’s priority of strengthening international ties. Vietnam is seeking to train 20,000 PhD students by 2015.