Sudanese student begins medical career at C.Y. O’Connor Institute

GARANGKutin Duop recently completed his Certificate IV in preparation for entry intoEnrolled Nursing online and graduated from C Y O’Connor Institute this month.

MrDuop was born in Sudan and he and his family fled the country due to the civilwar.

MrDuop was born while his family were fleeing Sudan to live in Kenya.

Helived for 10 years in a refugee camp on the Sudanese-Kenyan border in a housewith one big room where 15 people slept on a dirt floor.

Duringhis stay at the camp, Mr Duop was fortunate to have access to medical help,water from a well and access to primary education.

Foodwas provided by aid agencies and was, at times, in short supply.

Sometimesthey would have only one meal a day, which consisted of rice or maize andrarely meat.

MrDuop migrated to Western Australia in 2006 and his initial impression ofAustralia was that it had lots of bright lights and he felt safe.

Oncehis family had settled in, he enrolled in secondary schooling at South CoastBaptist College in Waikiki.

Whilecompleting his secondary schooling, he realised he wanted to become a doctorand one day return to Sudan to help his community.

Forthis reason, he decided to commence his journey by enrolling in a CertificateIV in Preparation for entry into Enrolled Nursing at C Y O’Connor Institute.

MrDuop never met his institute lecturer, Shona Andrews, face-to-face until hegraduated from the course, although he exchanged regular emails with Ms Andrewsas part of his learning experience.

Hevisited the Northam campus of the Institute for a special award ceremony at theinvitation of the managing director, John Scott, who became aware of theexceptional circumstances in which Mr Duop had grown up and his determinationto succeed as a doctor.

MrDuop was presented with a framed certificate and a medical literature book toassist with his career in the medical profession.

Hehas applied for entry into the biomedical sciences program at MurdochUniversity, using his Certificate IV as a pathway qualification.

“Ihave every confidence that Garang will succeed in his lifelong ambition tobecome a doctor,” Mr Scott said.

C Y O’Connor Institute managing director John Scott, left, congratulates Sudanese student Kutin Duop, second left, on his achievement. With them are a friend of Mr Duop and C Y O’Connor Institute chairwoman Eileen O’Connell.

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