Issue 10
Monday, 03 December 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Modern, future-focused CDU campuses will contribute significantly to transforming the Territory’s economy
Modern, future-focused CDU campuses will contribute significantly to transforming the Territory’s economy

City Deal the catalyst to create University City

The City Deal lays the groundwork for the transformation of Darwin into a vibrant, energetic and dynamic global University City.

Triggered by the new CBD campus is the ability to create Knowledge Hubs and precincts, clusters of world-class facilities and places to study, research and engage right across the Darwin region.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said he saw the opportunities created by the City Deal as the trigger for urban renewal in Greater Darwin.

“We have the opportunity to create more engaged and open university campuses and communities, foster critical knowledge exchange and encourage partnerships involving businesses, governments and community groups,” he said.

“The future vision for CDU encompasses all of our campuses in the Darwin region and will be an opportunity to design contemporary education infrastructure at each site,” Professor Maddocks said.

Central to the vision is the establishment of the Casuarina campus as a centre of tropical STEM and industrial research.

Home to the School of Trades, North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas, the Menzies School of Health Research and the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, the Casuarina campus will build on CDU’s strengths in understanding the uniqueness of Northern Australia and providing scientific solutions to its problems.

The campus also will be the site for the university’s medical and allied health knowledge precinct, complementing the clinical academic campus at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Given changing demographics in the Palmerston region, the City Deal generates the opportunity to create the Palmerston Learning campus comprising the College of Education, VET Children’s Services as well as language and literacy education teams.

The Waterfront campus has the potential to be the new home for a Centre of Excellence for Culture, Hospitality and Tourism bringing together various elements of CDU that can support the NT in its quest to grow the tourism industry.

Professor Maddocks said the re-imagining of CDU’s campuses and centres was an exciting opportunity for growth, “not only for the university, but Darwin and the Northern Territory as well”.

“The development of modern, future-focused CDU campuses will contribute significantly to transforming the Territory’s economy and instil economic and social vibrancy into the tropical capital city of Australia.”