Why choose CDU?

A dual-sector university

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a dual-sector university, which means we offer a full spectrum of education and training opportunities in Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Quality learning and teaching

The Office of Learning, Teaching and Community Engagement supports the University in providing a properly coordinated institution-level approach to:

  • academic quality assurance and planning
  • professional development in teaching and learning
  • professional production of learning materials and adoption of learning technologies.

To create quality learning and teaching, CDU ensures there is more personalised attention given to students with its ability to offer smaller-class sizes and a low student-to-teacher ratio – about one teacher to every 15-20 students.

A leader in research

CDU is one of seven members of Australia's Innovative Research Universities network, which involves members directing knowledge, capabilities and resources to enhance the outcomes of higher education.

CDU sits alongside Flinders, Griffith, James Cook, La Trobe, Murdoch and Newcastle universities in the network.

Top of our game

The research excellence at CDU is recognised in an international ranking of universities.

The Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the list of top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old.

The Spain-based SCimago Institutions 2009 World Report published the first index of institutions that are active in research, and ranked CDU in the top five Australian universities.

Joint ventures and partnerships

CDU is a partner in many nationally funded co-operative research centres (CRC's). We are a partner in:

  • Aboriginal health
  • desert knowledge
  • national plant biosecurity
  • sustainable tourism.

The University has relationships with universities and organisations at home and around the world.

Find out more about CDU's partnerships in the annual report.

Student life

CDU is a nationally recognised university that can help you achieve your goals in a supportive and friendly environment. When studying at CDU you will enjoy living in a tropical location, while making life-long friends with other students from a variety of multi-cultural backgrounds. It won’t take you long to feel at home with CDU.

Orientation Week gives you the chance to find out more about the campus you will be studying at and more about the Northern Territory.

Other benefits include:

  • it’s easy to get around the Territory, so you can say goodbye to traffic jams and long travel times
  • it rarely takes more than 20 minutes to travel from home to CDU or to work
  • if you are interested in earning some extra money while studying, local businesses regularly recruit CDU students for part-time or casual work.

For students who are keen to get involved in events, why not get in touch with the CDU Student Association. The group organises a range of social events throughout the year for on-campus students such as balls and end of semester celebrations. Remember, this university is not just about gaining a professional qualification, it is also about broadening your experiences and making a lifelong network of friends.

Services and facilities

CDU provides a range of facilities for its students, which add to its exciting on-campus atmosphere.

Find out what facilities and services are offered at CDU campuses and centres.