Danira Corbafo Da Costa
Danira Corbafo Da Costa graduated from Dili International School in 2011 and recently returned to Timor-Leste after completed her higher educational studies in the United States through a U.S. funded scholarship - USTL Program.
During Danira’s high school studies at DIS, she did a distance education program through Northern Territory Open Education Center (NTOEC). The subjects she took include Mathematics, English, Business and Economics. In 2013, she received a scholarship from USAID Timor-Leste Hillary Clinton Scholarship Program to pursue an Associate of Science Degree at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts. There she majored in Business Administration, Management. In addition, she also received a second scholarship in 2017 through the USTL Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State working with the American Councils. There she continued her studies as a transfer student at the University of South Dakota, and finally graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Magna Cum Laude distinction.
Dili International School graduate from the class of 2014, Daniel Putra was a scholarship winner while at the school and upon graduation won an Australian Awards Scholarship to study an Advanced Diploma of Engineering at RMIT in Victoria. Daniel graduated in December 2018. During the last 6 months of his studies he joined Arcadis Australia Pacific as a Junior Structural Technician and worked on the Melbourne Rail Tunnel Project. Daniel has returned to Timor-Leste this year where he is currently applying for opportunities to continue his studies overseas.
Natalia Reali arrived at DIS in 2004, at the age of seven, and was a part of one of the first graduating classes in 2014. Once she graduated from Grade 12, Natalia moved to Melbourne to complete a Diploma of Arts at Monash University. Upon completing one year of her Diploma, she was offered a spot to do a Bachelor’s Degree, double Majoring in Psychology and Criminology, which she graduated from in 2017.
After graduating, Natalia was accepted into Melbourne University to complete a Master’s degree in Human Resources, which she is set to complete at the end of 2019. She is currently working for Infocentric, Australia’s largest Digital and Data Analytics company as a Human Resource and Recruitment Officer while finishing her masters.
Natalia is incredibly excited about finishing her studies and embracing her career full time in 2020. With all of this being said, she will always remember her peers and teachers at DIS, who all had a big role to play in her life.
Dili International School graduate from the class of 2014 Liam Soares, graduated in December 2018 from Swinburne University after completing a 3 year Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in Social Media Analytics. Liam was offered to complete a Master degree at Monash University, which he is now starting this March. The course is a Masters of Business and at this stage he is looking at majoring in Human Resource Management/International Business or even Business Law. While studying Liam is working at Mantra Group in the city with the front office team and will be commencing a regular internship with their HR team in the near future to try and put theory into practice.
Dili International School graduate from the class of 2014 Khadija Fatima, graduated with a bachelor of engineering honours (Civil) (Geotechnical) from the University of Sydney, which is the degree she had initially picked in 2015 after graduation with a VCE from DIS. Khadija says: “The journey after DIS has been amazing! It was hard initially to adjust to uni, especially the consistent cold weather of Sydney and the long walks on campus. But things did settle in and luckily, I managed to get through all the semesters. During the uni years, I managed to secure an internship with ACCIONA in a light rail project end of 2017 for 3 months. Last year was the hardest where I had to complete a thesis, on the other hand I also got the opportunity to be part of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Undergraduate Leaders' Program 2018 as a Sydney Student Ambassador. University taught me a lot like being independent, taking decisions wisely and coping with the pressure. I made some great friends on way. I am very glad to have gotten this opportunity and will want to make most out of it.”
Leonora Lobato Lopes
Dili International School graduate from the class of 2015, Leonora Lobato Lopes, graduated with a Diploma of higher education (Majoring in Business Studies) from James Cook University Singapore on 28th July, 2018. Leonora is taking a 12 month break and will return to James Cook University to continue her studies in Financial Management. Leonora wants to learn to work with people from different countries and different cultures. She loves studying at James Cook University because of its very welcoming environment with its friendly and supportive teachers and staff. She has also found the University has great learning support such as peer tutoring sessions and individual face-to-face consultations. Leonora has been happy to do a 2 year Diploma as it has given her the opportunity to graduate earlier and therefore join the workforce earlier.