The nations of Timor-Leste and Australia have a long standing relationship – and the best of our interactions have at their core 'people linking with people'.
For many years, individual FedUni staff, as well as community organisations joined in partnership with FedUni (such as Ballarat Council’s Friends of Ainaro), have engaged in research and capacity building initiatives in Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor). As Timor-Leste is one of the world’s newest and poorest countries that is historically and geographically linked to Australia, our strong knowledge base university can provide needed skill enhancement and also can address critical research issues that face this small country.
Yet more than this, as a regional university with a long history in geology and mining, FedUni well understands the importance and challenges of sustainable development in the fossil fuel resource-dependent country of Timor-Leste. This has been exhibited by a significant graduate in geology from the mining school predecessor of Federation University (see Inaugural International Alumnus from Timor-Leste link below). Also understood by FedUni staff is the need to contribute to this new country by growing enabling disciplines such as business, economics, regional development, teacher education and nursing.
For this reason, FedUni has had since 2013 an ongoing and productive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the only public national university in Timor-Leste, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL). See details of the MOU from the Timor-Leste link below.
To enquire about any aspects of the FedUni Timor-Leste initiatives, please contact:
Associate Professor, Dr. Jerry Courvisanos