Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university with a main campus in Darwin and eight satellite campuses in some metropolitan and regional areas. It was established in 2003 after the merger of Northern Territory University, the Menzies School of Health Research, and Centralian College.
Charles Darwin University is a dual-sector university, which means the university offers vocational education and training (aka VET) courses and higher education undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines.
CDU is a member of the group of seven Innovative Research Universities in Australia, It has close links with Flinders University in South Australia, which itself has many students from the Northern Territory, including joint management of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs and the Northern Territory Medical Program which is located on campus at Casuarina CDU.
According to the 2019 Annual Report, enrolments in 2019 totalled 20,6491 students, with 14,847 students enrolled in vocational and educational training courses and 12,343 enrolled in higher education degrees.
CDU is made up of six Colleges:
- Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
- College of Education
- College of Engineering, IT and Environment
- College of Health & Human Sciences
- College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society
- College of Nursing & Midwifery
Vocational Education and Training is embedded within the Colleges.
The university has its main campus in Darwin, with eight satellite campuses in some metropolitan and regional areas.