Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is somewhat unique as no other Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, in such a remote location and with such a small population to sustain it.

While the Northern Territory covers around 16 per cent of Australia, in 2015 it was home to just over 1 per cent of the population, 30 per cent of whom were Indigenous compared with around 3 per cent of the general Australian population.

The only university based in the Northern Territory, CDU is a dual sector university. It is the most northerly Australian university, literally on Asia’s doorstep and closer in many respects to the vast populations of Asia than to the southern Australian states.

It is a university deeply engaged with, and informed by, Australia’s Indigenous people. CDU recognises that it operates on the lands of many strong Indigenous nations. It respects the knowledges and culture of Aboriginal people and is committed to Indigenous advancement.

These are truly unique features that CDU embraces as both challenges and opportunities for the years ahead, building on the strong foundations and remarkable achievements of its 25-year history. 

In this relatively short space of time we have developed a reputation as one of the most innovative teaching and learning and most research intensive universities in Australia and have risen to the ranks of the top 2 per cent of world universities in 2015.

CDU has provided, and will continue to provide, the human capital that underpins the future prosperity of Northern Australia and our near Asian region. It also provides innovative and flexible online learning choices for a broader national student market.

CDU has campuses and centres in Darwin, Melbourne, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine, Sydney, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Jabiru, and Adelaide with the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM).

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