Two-day CDU orientation attracts large cohort of new students

Orientation is the best opportunity for new internationals students to not only learn about their university and ATMC but also what to expect as a new Melbourne resident.

This week, new Charles Darwin University (CDU) students attended their first orientation at the Melbourne CBD campus.The two-day orientation began with CDU staff members showing students a video from the CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks.

“Let me welcome you to Australia and give you a very warm welcome to Charles Darwin University. Thank you for choosing us and congratulations on being accepted into studying at the university,” Professor Maddocks said.

“Your campus Charles Darwin University Melbourne is based in the heart of the world’s most liveable city. It’s a young but strong partnership between our university and our partner ATMC.

“Your degrees are degrees from Charles Darwin University, and your campus has all the advantages of all the CDU programs including CDU academics and support staff, outlined course materials and interactive technologies,” he said.

CDU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts, Professor Peter Kell then personally welcomed the students to the CDU community.

“You are now part of the CDU community and I want you to remember that,” Professor Kell said. “We have excellent students from this campus and you’re part of that now.”

A former international student herself, Dr Aggie Wegner, CDU’s Deputy Head of School – Business, also gave students an introduction to CDU and the business school, as well as an outline of the different CDU campuses.

As part of orientation students learn about what ATMC resources are available to them such as the library and academic assistance, as well as necessary information about living in Australia.

ATMC’s Library Services Manager Shannon Parsons, and Manager of Student Welfare Services and Coordinator of Academic Language and Learning Dr Tania Honey gave students a thorough presentation addressing academic expectations and about living in Australia including accomodation, swimming safety and getting around Melbourne.

On day two students attended additional presentations from CDU Senior International Student Adviser Simona Cavani, Study Melbourne Student Centre and Allianz Insurance.