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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University


Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university established in 2003, followed by the merger of Northern Territory University (NTU) of Darwin, the Menzies School of Health Research and Centralian College of Alice Springs. The university was named after celebrated English naturalist, Charles Darwin. CDU hosts more than 22,000 students at present. CDU offers Higher Education degrees as well as Vocational Education and Training courses. Professor Simon Maddocks is the current Vice-Chancellor of CDU.


CDU’s campuses are spread nationwide.

  • Casuarina campus
  • Alice Springs campus
  • Katherine campus
  • Palmerston campus
  • Nhulunbuy campus

It also has smaller training centres in Jabiru, Tennant Creek and Yulara.


Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings of 2013-14 ranked Charles Darwin University 351-400 globally and 17th in Australia. It is the youngest university in Australia to be enlisted in the THE Top 100 Universities under 50.


Faculties within CDU include,

  • Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment
  • Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts
  • Faculty of Vocational Education and Training

CDU hosts the following research centres and institutes as well.

  • The Northern Institute
  • Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods
  • Centre for Renewable Energy
  • Menzies School of Health Research
  • Research Centre for Health and Wellbeing
  • Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development
  • North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas
  • Centre for Youth and Community Music
  • Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education
  • Confucius Institute


CDU offers scholarships to assist the students in financial hardship. Different types of scholarships at CDU include scholarships sponsored by individuals, businesses, government, community groups and the University.

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