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Charles Darwin University

About

History

In 2014 Charles Darwin University celebrated 25 years of university education in the Northern Territory, a history that commenced with the opening of the Territory’s first and only university, the Northern Territory University, in 1989. Prior to the establishment of the Northern Territory University post-secondary education in the Territory had a history dating back to the late 1940s.

Education

CDU students will value lifelong and life-wide learning and understand that learning occurs anywhere, anytime and through varied experiences. Throughout their studies, our students will build essential skills for success in academic pursuits, their work and their lives beyond CDU.  Further, our co-design approach will also strengthen CDU processes, systems and practices required to achieve CDU-wide key targets.

Research

The distinctive characteristics of the Northern Territory present researchers and research students at Charles Darwin University with unique experiences and opportunities.

CDU is an exciting and progressive research-intensive university that prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Our internationally recognised research is strongly aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and makes a real, positive difference in people’s lives.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
701
2021
701 -50
2020
651
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
901
2020
-
2019
-
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
-
2021
501
2020
501
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
936 -95
2020
841
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Office of Student Administration and Equity Services (SAES) manages all aspects of Higher Education admissions, enrolments, examinations, progression and fees. Across the Higher Education and VET sectors, the office administers scholarships, student records, the University cashier and timetabling.

Housing services

On-campus accommodation is provided by:

  • Casuarina accommodation: Right on campus, International House Darwin (IHD) is part of the network of International Houses in Australia and overseas, IHD, on Casuarina campus offers both local and international students a residential community.
  • Katherine accommodation: Katherine Student Accommodation (KSA) and its grounds are available for our guests' enjoyment, including a recreation room, dining room, sports oval, training and conference facilities and pool.
  • Alice Springs accommodation: The Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) provides accommodation for CDU students, students from other universities undertaking placement, CDU staff and visiting guests, and groups. 

Library services

Campus libraries:

  • Alice Springs
  • Casuarina
  • Palmerston
  • Sydney

Student Life

Campus life

  • Casuarina campus is CDU's largest study location and the main hub for Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training (VET), and Research programs. 

  • CDU’s Palmerston campus is a friendly, warm and welcoming place for students, staff and visitors. Our aim is to engage with the dynamic and growing community of Palmerston and the surrounding region in order to contribute to growth and development for future generations.
  • Katherine campus is located 16km north of Katherine and 300km south of Darwin in a rapidly developing mining, agricultural, horticultural and tourist region.  

Student Reviews

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The University is well structured and support is available. The lectures are recorded to watch later.

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