Picture of Charles Darwin University
Picture of Charles Darwin University

Picture of Charles Darwin University

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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 Darwin Waterfront

Charles Darwin University (CDU) brings people together to acquire and use knowledge to shape a better future. With our main campus located in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, CDU is located closer to seven major Asian cities than it is to any Australian capital.

Our geographical location informs much of our research and teaching interests in South-East Asia, Northern Australia and in Indigenous Australia. CDU is a recognised leader in environmental studies (tropical and desert knowledges), Indigenous education and studies, remote nursing and education, South-East Asian studies and online learning.

CDU was the first institution in Australia to achieve the status of a fully fledged dual-sector university, which means that students can undertake Vocational Education and Training as well as higher education, with qualifications ranging from Certificates through to Doctorates.

More than 22,000 students study at 10 campuses and learning centres located throughout the Northern Territory and in Sydney. We are a world leader in delivering education to remote communities – including 150 remote Indigenous communities – and offer online courses to enable people to fit studying into their busy lives. About 70 per cent of our higher education students study online.

The university’s six higher education Colleges offer a range of disciplines including engineering and information technology, the environment, health and human sciences, nursing and midwifery, psychological and clinical sciences, Indigenous knowledges, business, creative arts and humanities, education and law.

Although a relatively young university, Times Higher Education ranks CDU 43rd among the world’s top 250 universities under 50 years of age. We have achieved national and international recognition for research impact. CDU also is a leader in Graduate Employment and Salary Outcomes.

CDU is attracting an increasing number of international students, who come from more than 60 countries. Our vibrant international student community is attracted particularly to the multicultural character of tropical Darwin.

We enjoy strong partnerships with other institutions including the Australian National University, Flinders University and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

We are committed to social justice, sustainability and collective effort.