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Waterfront facility opens for business

By Jane Hampson

Students get to work at the CDU Waterfont campus Students get to work at the CDU Waterfont campus

The new CDU Waterfront campus has opened for Semester 1, 2015.

The purpose-built, five-storey building is now home to the CDU Business School, with its courses encompassing both VET and Higher Education.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts, Professor Giselle Byrnes, said that CDU was taking a staged approach to the transition to ensure minimum disruption for students.

“It will be ‘business as usual’ while we complete the transition from Casuarina campus, with new courses being introduced in 2016. All our Business courses, including VET, Higher Education and Business Top End courses will be located here,” Professor Byrnes said.

The building was designed by Bates Smart of Melbourne and built by the TOGA group. It incorporates flexible learning spaces, an amphitheatre style auditorium for lectures, student study spaces and recreation areas complete with kitchen facilities.

Natural light and wide windows make the most of the School’s location: a prime position in Darwin’s vibrant Waterfront precinct.

“Business is one of CDU’s most popular courses among local students and our location in the north of Australia gives us particular opportunities in Asia,” Professor Byrnes said.

“We are already growing our strong connections in Eastern Indonesia, Timor-Leste and the Philippines, and there are new opportunities in countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore.”