Charles Darwin University (CDU) has become the first university in the country to welcome international students back to Australia, with a flight carrying 63 students landing in Darwin this morning (Monday, 30 November, 2020).
Students travelled to Singapore to be connected to the chartered Singapore Airlines fight, which departed Changi Airport and touched down at Darwin International Airport.
The students, from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia, are the first group of international students to enter Australia since the introduction of hard border restrictions in March due to COVID-19. The pilot program is an important first step in the recovery of the international education sector in Australia.
All students were required to adhere to pre-departure health screening and follow the advice of the NT Chief Health Officer. Upon arrival in Darwin, students were transported immediately to the Northern Territory Government facility at Howard Springs for 14 days of quarantine.
CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said CDU was leading the nation by becoming the first university to welcome back international students to study.
The flight contained a mix of new and continuing students who are enrolled in a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and VET programs including Law, Nursing, IT, Teaching, Accounting and Engineering.
Source: Charles Darwin University (CDU)