Our vision

Charles Darwin University aspires to become a truly international dual sector university. From our base in the Northern Territory and as the Australian university closest to Asia, we will continue to expand and enhance our significant contribution to the important issues of our region through education and knowledge.

CDU is ideally placed to prepare graduates for success in an increasingly complex, diverse and connected world and aims to be a provider of transformative skills and learning with a major focus on quality, access and growth.

CDU will also further develop its world class and emerging research strengths in areas critical to the sustainable and prosperous development of Northern Australia and the region, particularly Indigenous and tropical health, environmental science, public policy, engineering, information technology and Indigenous knowledges, through engagement with governments, industry, institutions and stakeholders.

With a strong and distinctive commitment to Indigenous knowledges, achievement and wellbeing, we will develop our skills and capacity in Indigenous leadership to become globally recognised for our success in Indigenous advancement.

Connect Discover Grow - Strategic Plan 2015-2025

Connect Discover Grow is a plan that establishes CDU as a new world university – outward looking, regionally engaged, developing strong Indigenous leadership, and delivering transformative skills and learning, and high-impact research when and where they are needed. It is a plan that, like our namesake Charles Darwin, encourages us to think outside the square, to find innovative solutions to the unique challenges we face in a place where new frontiers still abound.

It is a strategy for growth that will be essential to our long-term sustainability and our ability to continue to provide the best possible service to our local and regional communities.

The five pillars of Connect Discover Grow

The five pillars of CDU infographic

2025 key targets

  • A 100 per cent increase in the number of students educated at CDU compared with 2015.
  • A rise in the HE student retention rate to 75 per cent (non-Indigenous) and 60% (Indigenous), with a long-term aspiration to reach parity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous student retention.
  • A rise in the Indigenous VET unit completion rate to 75%, with a long-term aspiration to reach parity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous unit completions.
  • Consistent student satisfaction ratings over 80 per cent.
  • An increase in Indigenous students commencing HE programs to 15 per cent of total CDU students.
  • A rise in CDU’s place in the Times Higher Education world university rankings to within the top 250 world universities, as well as in the top 20 world universities under 50 years old.
  • An increase of 100 research active staff.
  • A 100 per cent increase in revenue from all sources compared with 2015.
  • Implementation of an appropriate framework for managing, monitoring and growing key stakeholder engagement over the life of this plan.
  • A 100 per cent increase in international student numbers compared with 2015.
  • A 50 per cent increase in CDU students accessing international mobility programs compared with 2015.

Read Connect Discover Grow - Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF 2.4MB).