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About CDU

Vice-Chancellor's welcome

Leadership and structure

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is based in the capital city of Darwin at the heart of Australia's tropical north. It is the Australian university located most closely to the Asia-Pacific region. 

The university has made great progress in its relatively brief history – we celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2019. 

CDU has all the advantages of a dual-sector university including flexibility in study options – as a recognised leader in online education – creativity, adaptability and freedom to embrace the history and traditions of First Australians and the multitude of nations represented by our international student population. 

The university’s true character and richness stems from its location in the Top End of Australia: a youthful, multicultural, cosmopolitan and robust tropical city in a place steeped in Aboriginal tradition and culture, which enjoys a close interaction with the people of South-east Asia.

CDU is making tremendous contributions to the economic and social development of the Northern Territory while continuing to build mutually beneficial alliances with countries throughout the world.

As the university of Northern Australia, CDU has a distinct responsibility for providing leadership in and contributing to, local and global sustainability efforts. While we have worked hard to lighten our footprint on the environment over the past few years, in 2019, we formalised our commitment to sustainability across teaching, learning and research. 

Sustainability@CDU commits us to examine where and how we can minimise our impact on the environment; empower staff and students to contribute to a sustainable future; engage with local, regional and international communities and organisations around sustainability initiatives; and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

From the expansive deserts in the south of the Northern Territory to the tropical north and the Arafura Sea, rich in marine life, are boundless opportunities for research and exploration, including the biodiversity of the world heritage Kakadu National Park. 

CDU is collegiate, friendly and confident of its future as a leader in its fields of expertise, and as an institution that provides high-quality teaching and services in all areas of study ranging from Vocational Education and Training through to advanced research doctorates. 

CDU welcomes researchers, teachers and students – including postgraduate, undergraduate and technical – from around the world to share in the richness of life and study opportunities offered in the Northern Territory and other CDU campuses and learning centres in Australia.