Emerge Foundation’s major fund raising goal is to provide scholarships for young men and women to attend ICFP Baucau College. The College provides degrees in teaching that are accredited by ACU. Thus the students receive an Australian degree.
The 2014 graduation ceremony celebrated the achievements of 45 Timorese graduates from the Australian-established Baucau College. They were awarded Bachelor of Teaching degree and two members of staff graduated with a Masters of Teaching degree.
General Peter Cosgrove AC MC, the hero of East Timor who led the peacekeeping mission returned to Timor as Chancellor of ACU
The University was represented by Dean of Education Professor Marie Emmitt, Director for the Institute of Community Engagement Professor Jude Butcher Graduations Officer Ms. Kathy Macpherson.
General Cosgrove spoke warmly to the graduates congratulating them on their hard work and emphasising their important role in molding the future of Timor.
The ceremony also represented many of the achievements of Australian initiatives in Timor. The Australians involved with ICFP Baucau College Br Fons van Rooij, the director, Diaan Stuart and Margie Beck, have demonstrated exemplary leadership and vision. This was evident at the graduation ceremony where graduates were imbued with enthusiasm and hope for the future of their shaky new democracy. Many graduates spoke of the important role they see themselves fulfilling in shaping the young minds of Timor’s future.