Students and staff at our Orange campus farewelled a much-loved group of international students who have completed their studies at Charles Sturt University and will now return to their home countries armed with skills and knowledge to help regional and economic development in their own communities.
Four of the students, who all completed a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture, were Australia Awards scholarship recipients.
Australia Awards are offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to students from over 55 developing countries, recognising that tertiary education is an important component of investment in international development and in global leaders of the future.
Likonge Kahilu, from Zambia, said at the farewell morning tea that his time at CSU had changed the way he thinks.
"Initially, I was a reductionist thinker but now I am a holistic thinker. I think this skill will really help me help my farmers. I can help them solve their problems," he said.
Norbu, from Bhutan, was working as a Livestock Production Officer with the Department of Livestock under the Royal Government of Bhutan prior to commencing his Masters in Sustainable Agriculture in Orange.
"The knowledge I gained at Charles Sturt University will help me to develop livestock production plans that are more resilient and eco-friendly," he said.
"As climate change has become an emerging issue, any developmental activities must be aligned to or balanced with the environmental conservation so that future generations are not affected.
Now I go back to my country with the hope that with the knowledge and skills I gained here, I could apply to my own countryDeparting CSU international student Norbu, from Bhutan
"Now I go back to my country with the hope that with the knowledge and skills I gained here, I could apply to my own country."
Charles Sturt University wishes our departing international students all the best in their future careers.
Next Wednesday, July 17, Charles Sturt University is turning 30.
To celebrate, we will be hosting events on campuses to recognise all the things that have made CSU a fabulous place to study, live and work throughout its proud history.
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