Charles Darwin University (CDU)

About Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University is somewhat unique. No other single Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, in such a remote location and with such a small population to sustain it. While the Northern Territory covers around 16 per cent of Australia, in 2015 it was home to just over 1 per cent of the population, 30 per cent of whom were Indigenous compared with around 3 per cent of the general Australian population. The only university based in the Northern Territory, CDU is a dual sector university. It is the most northerly Australian university, closer in many respects to the vast populations of Asia than to the southern Australian states.
 

Key stats

Total students: 12,000 (21% postgraduate)6
Founded: 2003
 

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About Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University is somewhat unique. No other single Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, in such a remote location and with such a small population to sustain it. While the Northern Territory covers around 16 per cent of Australia, in 2015 it was home to just over 1 per cent of the population, 30 per cent of whom were Indigenous compared with around 3 per cent of the general Australian population. The only university based in the Northern Territory, CDU is a dual sector university. It is the most northerly Australian university, closer in many respects to the vast populations of Asia than to the southern Australian states.
 

Key stats

Total students: 12,000 (21% postgraduate)6
Founded: 2003
 

Campuses

Graduate Satisfaction & Employment

Charles Darwin University performs below average on most postgraduate outcomes.

Overall satisfaction1: 71.7% (national average 83.0%)
Teaching quality rating2: 55.3% (national average 71.8%)
Skills improvement rating3: 63.7% (national average 79.7%)
Full-time employment4: 78.3% (national average 83.5%)
Median salary5: $73,500 (national average $80,000)
Employer satisfaction7: 85.7% (national average 84.0%)

Source: Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching
 

Applying for postgraduate study

Not everybody goes straight from school into higher education. In fact, many adult learners would argue that life experience makes the tertiary experience all the more rewarding. Charles Darwin University has a number of adult learners entering the University through many different pathways. If you don't meet the minimum entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, feel free to contact Student Services or call into an Student Central, at our Casuarina or Alice Springs campuses.
 

More about Charles Darwin University

CDU is a university deeply engaged with, and informed by, Australia’s Indigenous people. Recognising that it operates on the lands of many strong Indigenous nations, respecting the knowledges and culture of Aboriginal people and committed to Indigenous advancement. These are truly unique features that CDU embraces as both challenges and opportunities for the years ahead, building on the strong foundations and remarkable achievements of its 25-year history. In this relatively short space of time CDU have developed a reputation as one of the most innovative teaching and learning and most research intensive universities in Australia and have risen to the ranks of the top 2 per cent of world universities in 2015.

CDU has provided, and will continue to provide, the human capital that underpins the future prosperity of Northern Australia and our near Asian region, while also providing innovative and flexible online learning choices for a broader national student market.
 

Footnotes

  1. The percentage of graduates who expressed overall satisfaction with their course, based on an individual question in the CEQ.
  2. The percentage of graduates who agreed they experienced good teaching practices during their study.
  3. The percentage of graduates who agreed their studies had improved their generic skills.
  4. The proportion of graduates who were employed full-time four months after completing their course, as a percentage of those who were available for full-time employment.
  5. The median salary level of graduates who were in full-time employment.
  6. Department of Education and Training Higher Education Statistics.
  7. The extent to which employers were satisfied with graduates from Australian Catholic University, as per the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey.
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