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Our courses equip students to navigate complex environments and make an impact locally and globally. 

We educate the next generation of teachers by providing courses from academic foundations and initial teacher education to provide valuable professional placement experience.


Indigenous Futures

Help to ensure the advancement, transmission and preservation of Indigenous knowledge systems.


We pride ourselves in producing work-ready graduates capable of creating high-quality teaching and learning environments.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Analyse worldwide issues such as globalisation and social and political change.

Humanitarian & Disaster Resilience

Make a real difference locally and globally.

Creative Industries & Innovation

Take advantage of industry demand for graduates in the Creative Arts fields.

Message from the Dean

Our College prepares students to be teachers, creative thinkers and innovators in a complex changing world. We bring together expertise in education, Indigenous knowledge practices, human geography, disaster preparedness and management, languages, humanities and the creative industries. 

Our reputation is based on extensive partnerships with government, industry and community stakeholders to address social, cultural and economic issues in:

  • sparsely populated regional areas, including Northern Australia
  • developing regions, including South-East Asia - particularly China, Indonesia and Timor-Leste
  • Indigenous knowledge, social, cultural and economic futures.

Our research and teaching draw on the strength of the Northern Institute and the interdisciplinary expertise of our D-Labs.

D-Labs are multidisciplinary teams within the College primarily engaged in teaching, research, networking and business development. Together, academics, research students and industry professionals examine solutions for emerging social, cultural and economic issues in challenging contexts.

- Professor Ruth Wallace

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  • International students
    Casuarina campus

    CIFEA enrolment and information day

    Whether you are thinking about study or a current student planning the rest of your year, our friendly staff and lecturers are available to chat with you, answer your questions, or help you with the enrolment process for the coming semesters.

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  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) is helping more women to pursue a career in politics with applications opening for the newly launched Northern Territory Pathways to Politics Program for Women.

    A new pathway to public office for women in the Territory

    Women aspiring to become politicians are encouraged to apply for a new program run for the first time in the Territory by Charles Darwin University (CDU), which aims to push for gender equity in government.

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  • Clifford Thompson is part of the Brio, a men’s artist collective from Tennant Creek, is part of the university’s latest art exhibition Shock and Ore at Charles Darwin University (CDU) Art Gallery.

    Works of Tennant Creek men’s artist collective on display

    A men’s artist collective from Tennant Creek is featuring works as a part of Charles Darwin University (CDU) Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, Shock and Ore, which opens this week.

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