Issue 1
Monday, 27 February 2017
Charles Darwin University
Yolngu Studies lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy and course coordinator Yasunori Hayashi
Yolngu Studies lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy and course coordinator Yasunori Hayashi

CDU launches world-first course for 2017

By Katie Weiss

The world’s first Diploma of Yolngu Studies are among three innovative courses being introduced at Charles Darwin University this year.

New postgraduate spatial science and education courses are now available along with the Diploma, which offers skills in speaking and writing Indigenous “Yolngu Matha” languages of Northern Australia.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Success Professor Martin Carroll said the courses would provide practical learning experiences for students along with the flexibility to study on campus or online.

“At CDU we are committed to working with Indigenous knowledge holders to create platforms for meaningful cultural exchanges,” Professor Carroll said.

“We are constantly adapting our courses to include the latest in technologies and trends so that students are better prepared to enter changing workplaces.”

Professor Carroll said a new Master of Digital Learning Futures would boost educators’ and trainers’ skills in using new technologies in the classroom, including mobile apps, video games and drones.

He said the Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science included units on remote sensing technology, environmental monitoring and modelling, and location-based analytics tools known as “geographic information systems”.

The Yolngu Advisory Group advised CDU’s School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy on the coordination and management of its Yolngu Studies courses.

For more information on 2017 courses at CDU, visit W: