Charles Darwin University


About Charles Darwin University

A dual-sector university 

CDU has grown to become an internationally renowned dual-sector university, offering strong education and training opportunities in both Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Quality learning and Teaching 

CDU adopts a quality assurance and enhancement strategy that reflects our recognition and understanding of our obligations to maintain quality practices, systems, and processes that comply with the relevant Standards, and support diversity, innovation, and excellence.

As a leading cross-sectorial institution, CDU is well placed to help students become ‘future-ready workers who co-develop digital knowledge; skills and mindsets to both meet their personal needs and interests and prepare them for a world of constant change.

Whole-of-life skills such as communication, critical thinking, digital capabilities and problem-solving, along with self-organization and adaptability, will be integral components of continuous learning.

CDU students will value lifelong and life-wide learning and understand that learning occurs anywhere, anytime, and through varied experiences. Throughout their studies, our students will build essential skills for success in academic pursuits, their work, and their lives beyond CDU. 

Research and Innovation 

CDU is an exciting and progressive research-intensive university that prioritizes the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Our internationally recognized research is strongly aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and makes a real, positive difference in people's lives. 

In the Commonwealth Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018, CDU’s research strength that we were ranked at or above world average on 82 percent of the specialist research disciplines in which it was assessed.

International Rankings

·         CDU ranked 91st in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2019.

·         The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020 places CDU among the world’s top 100 universities for overall impact towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

·         The Good Universities Guide 2020 has awarded CDU five stars for postgraduate salary and employment.

·         The Australian Training Awards have awarded CDU the Northern Territory Training.


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