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Professor Simon Maddocks
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Campus locations

  • Casuarina
  • Alice Springs
  • Palmerston
  • Katherine


  • Jabiru
  • Tennant Creek
  • Yulara
  • CDU Sydney
  • CDU Melbourne
  • CDU Darwin Waterfront

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a young institution that already has achieved world rankings for the impact of its research. It is the only Australian university with headquarters in the Northern Territory, which is located on the southern rim of Asia. Because of its geographic location, CDU has a deep interest in South-East Asia, Northern Australia, and in Indigenous Australia, and specialises in research and teaching in these areas.

CDU has 11 campuses and centres located throughout the Northern Territory, and in Sydney and Melbourne. The CDU Business School is located in a purpose-built facility at the prestigious Darwin Waterfront precinct, which overlooks the Timor Sea and is adjacent to Darwin’s CBD. The university’s main campus is in the culturally rich city of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. It also provides training at 150 remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, making CDU one of the most diverse universities in Australia. 

More than 24,000 students study with CDU on campus and online in a range of disciplines including engineering and information technology, the environment, health, psychological and clinical sciences, business, creative arts and humanities, education and law.

CDU is recognised as a leader in environmental studies (tropical and desert knowledges), Indigenous education and studies, remote nursing, South-East Asian studies and in online learning. It is a dual sector university with course offerings ranging from certificate through to doctoral level. Around 70% of CDU students are located throughout Australia and undertake their studies online.

The university is listed in joint 31st position in The Times Higher Education’s best 150 universities aged less than 50 years old. This is the fourth consecutive year that the university has risen in this ranking. Times Higher Education also ranks CDU in the top 2% of universities in the world.

The university is attracting an increasing number of international students, who come from more than 60 countries. The international student population is drawn particularly to the multicultural character of Darwin.

CDU has strong partnerships with other institutions including the Australian National University, Flinders University and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. It is a member of the Innovative Research Universities network.