Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a research-intensive university with a primary interest in Northern Australia and South-east Asia. As the Northern Territory’s only university, CDU has a central role in informing the social and economic development of the region.
Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the top 300 universities in the world, which places it equal 10th among Australia’s universities. Times Higher Education also ranks CDU as one of the world’s best 100 universities under 50 years old. It is a dual sector university with course offerings ranging from certificate through to doctoral level.
The university’s headquarters are located in Darwin, Northern Territory, with campuses and centres located across the Territory and in Sydney and Melbourne. It also provides training at 170 sites in the Northern Territory’s remote Indigenous communities, making it one of the most diverse universities in Australia.
CDU is responsive to the needs of the Territory and to its near neighbours in South-east Asia. The North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas, for example, provides research, education and training specific to the oil and gas industry.
As part of a recent expansion of infrastructure, the university has opened the School of Business at the prestigious Darwin Waterfront, adjacent to Darwin’s CBD and on the edge of the Timor Sea. The first courses were offered there in 2015.
More than 23,000 students study with CDU, and 70 per cent of the higher education students are located throughout Australia and study online. The university is attracting an increasing number of international students, who come from more than 60 countries. The international student population is drawn particularly to the multicultural character of Darwin.
CDU expands its capacity through strategic partnerships, such as its partnership with the Australian National University through the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network, Flinders University – which has developed a Medical Program that enables students to study medicine in Darwin – and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education.
CDU is a member of the Innovative Research Universities network, which promotes high-quality research and collaboration between members.
To align research with the changing economic profile of Northern Australia, the university has identified two broad fields of research critical to our region to be maintained at world class or above: Environment and Livelihoods, and Human Health and Wellbeing.