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Victoria University and East Timor

Victoria University and East Timor

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History of Victoria University's involvement with Timor-Leste going back to 1998.
History of Victoria University's involvement with Timor-Leste going back to 1998.

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Dr Helen M. Hil Honorary Fellow College of Arts VLGA Working Together with Timor-Leste Conference, Darebin, July 2014
The Beginnings
In 1998 the University’s Centre for
Asia-Pacific Studies began to co-host seminars on development issues in East Timor such as health, sustainable development, education and agriculture with the Australia-East Timor Association. At one of these seminars in December 1998, Jose Ramos Horta, International representative of the
Concelho Nacional Resistencia Timorense
 (CNRT) suggested that VU co-host an international seminar on Strategic Development Planning for East Timor with the CNRT.
VU hosts first conference on Development in Timor
 April 1999 - Melbourne
The conference on ‘Strategic Development Planning for in Independent East Timor’ took place with funding
from the Federal Government. It was co-ordinated by VU Masters student, João Cançio Freitas as part of the research for his thesis, together with Emilia Pires of the East Timor Development Agency. Dr Helen Hill represented VU on the Planning Committee and Professor Kee Poo Kong of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies gave administrative support. It was the first
ever Conference held at VU’s new Conference Centre
in the City Campus

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