Issue 4 - 8 May 2012 enews home

CDU plans for new Business School at Darwin's Waterfront development

By Leanne Coleman

Adam Bourke

From left: CEO of Toga Group, Alan Vidor and CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover sign the agreement to develop a new CDU Business School at Darwin's Waterfront

Charles Darwin University has announced a significant partnership with the Toga Group and the Northern Territory Government to develop a new tertiary education facility at Wharf Two of the Darwin Waterfront.

The new development will involve the CDU Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) Business schools moving to the Waterfront site to become the Charles Darwin University Business School.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said that the world-class purpose built Business School would be the home of 600 students across Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

"The relocation of the Business school to the Waterfront facility will greatly enhance the potential for work integrated learning and the development of closer partnerships and collaborations with government and the business community," Professor Glover said.

"The university intends to combine VET and Higher Education business activities, restructuring programs to make them more accessible and more relevant to the dominant service, tourism and resources industries in the Northern Territory.

"We also hope to extend current programs to include specialist courses in hospitality, hotel management, tourism and travel linked to an alliance with Toga Hospitality (part of the Toga Group of companies) and in conjunction with private sector partners."

The University will lease between 3500 m2 and 4000 m2 of space in a new purpose-constructed building, expected to be completed by mid-2014.

"The facility will support contemporary teaching and learning practice, as well as integrating into the Waterfront development and establishing a central CDU presence within the city of Darwin," Professor Glover said.

"The move will also provide room for growth as both domestic and international student numbers increase over time, and as the new Business School develops linkages and networks into the surrounding business and government community."

Professor Glover said that no activity currently taking place on the Palmerston campus would be relocated to the Waterfront precinct from the Palmerston campus.

"In fact it will be necessary to continue to expand VET hospitality and tourism programs at Palmerston campus to support the applied and sub-Bachelor pathway programs that are critical to much of the expansion at the Waterfront campus," Professor Glover said.