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9 April 2003 MIN 328/03

I welcome the announcement of a new strategy for higher education provision in the Northern Territory through the establishment of the Charles Darwin University.

The Northern Territory University (NTU) is to amalgamate with the Centralian College to form the new institution. The legislation to establish the new University will go before the Territory Parliament by mid-2003.

The NTU has spent much of the past year restructuring and strengthening its position and both the Commonwealth and NT Governments have been working cooperatively with the University to progress these reforms.

The Commonwealth Government committed $3 million over 2002-03 to assist the University in implementing reforms.

Charles Darwin University’s role as the leading education provider in the Northern Territory and its importance to the economic, social and cultural development of the Territory should not be understated.

The Charles Darwin University has unique strengths in teaching and research, particularly related to its regional environment, its skilled and dedicated staff and well-appointed campus facilities.

I congratulate the interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ken McKinnon, for his strong leadership during this process.

The people of the Northern Territory should have every confidence that the changes that are being made will enable the institution to provide enhanced opportunities and maximise potential for regional and international engagement.

The higher education reforms, being considered in the context of the May Budget, will help to ensure that all of Australia’s universities have a sustainable future.

I commend the Northern Territory Government for its support for the University through this process.

For further information:

Dr Nelson’s Office Ross Hampton 0419 484 095