Issue 10
Monday, 03 December 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Artist's impression of CDU’s new city centre campus, which will deliver the teaching and learning experience students expect
Artist's impression of CDU’s new city centre campus, which will deliver the teaching and learning experience students expect

Bringing students into the City Centre

As part of the Darwin City Deal, a CDU city centre campus will be the heart of a new education and civic precinct.

The commitment is part of the university’s strategy to create more open and engaged university campuses that are intertwined with the community and to grow international student numbers.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the CDU city centre campus would be state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide the teaching quality and the learning experience that students expect.

“Also, the close proximity of students to the working realities of their chosen industries in the city centre will strengthen ties between government, the private sector and their future workforce,” he said.

The education and civic precinct will provide a boost to the number of people living, working and studying in Darwin’s city centre. This will not only increase vibrancy in the city, but also drive increased retail activity, providing significant opportunities for Darwin’s small businesses.

The new city centre campus will have the capacity for an estimated 11,000 students and 600 university staff as well as accommodation for up to 1000 students.

The precinct also will bring together civic and community spaces, retail and commercial activities.

The City of Darwin will move the Council Chambers and offices to the precinct, subject to further consideration of detailed arrangements during the implementation phase of the City Deal.

A new integrated library combining existing collections housed separately by the Northern Territory Government, the City of Darwin and CDU will be included in the precinct, subject to further consideration.

Professor Maddocks said a vibrant city centre campus with residential facilities would enhance both the domestic and international student experience in Darwin.

“This will be a drawcard for the growing number of students wishing to study in Australia. It will increase opportunities for students to live, work and study in the city,” he said.