Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson has recently launched a scholarship to honour the memory of distinguished Indonesian delegate and great friend of the Northern Territory, Dr Frans Seda AM.
Mr Henderson joined Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover to mark the first anniversary of Dr Seda’s death and announce $29,700 for the Frans Seda English Language scholarship to be awarded over the next three years.
“Frans Seda played an important role in progressing the relationship between the Northern Territory and Indonesian governments,” Mr Henderson said.
“For more than 15 years Dr Seda was the Northern Territory’s representative in Jakarta and his legacy has been the strong ties between the Territory and Indonesia through our political, trade, transport, educational, cultural and sporting ties.
“The scholarship to honour Dr Seda will be awarded to three Indonesian students at Charles Darwin University (CDU) each year to improve their fluency in English.
“The scholarships will cover tuition fees for up to 10 weeks of intensive English language training at CDU in a year under the management of the University.
“As well as honouring Dr Seda’s contribution, this scholarship will continue to help to advance the Northern Territory Government’s relationship with Indonesia.”
Dr Seda was also a distinguished former Indonesian Government Minister and an adviser to three Presidents.
Professor Glover said Dr Seda was a great friend of the Territory and a personal friend to many Territorians across government, business and the broader community.
“He was a frequent visitor to the Casuarina campus and promoted links with Indonesian universities,” Professor Glover said.
“The Frans Seda English Scholarship at CDU is a wonderful mark of respect for Dr Seda and his work in building relations.”