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Charles Darwin University

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CDU has been recognised as a global leader by independent rankings and our reputation ensures your qualifications are recognised by employers and other institutions throughout the world.

Education

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.  Further, our co-design approach will also strengthen CDU processes, systems and practices required to achieve CDU-wide key targets.

Research

The distinctive characteristics of the Northern Territory present researchers and research students at Charles Darwin University with unique experiences and opportunities.

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

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2025
621 -20
2024
601 100
2023
701
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2025
-
2024
401 -50
2023
351
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2024
-
2023
601 200
2022
801
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2025
-
2024
-
2023
959
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Housing services

On-campus accommodation is provided by:

  • Casuarina accommodation: Part of a network of International Houses in Australia and overseas, IHD, on Casuarina campus offers both local and international students a residential community.
  • Katherine accommodation: ) is owned and operated by Charles Darwin University (CDU) on its Katherine Rural campus and managed by International House Darwin (IHD).
  • Alice Springs accommodation: The Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) provides accommodation for CDU students, students from other universities undertaking placement, CDU staff and visiting guests, and groups. 

Library services

Campus libraries:

  • Alice Springs
  • Casuarina
  • Palmerston
  • Sydney

Campus life

  • Casuarina campus is CDU's largest study location and the main hub for Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training (VET), and Research programs. 
  • The campus is located on Larrakia country, about 15kms from Darwin's central business district and within 20kms to Palmerston city. 
  • The nearest shopping centre is a 10-minute stroll away, but you can also jump on one of the many public buses servicing our campus. We also offer free inter-campus bus services between Casuarina and CDU Waterfront, for students, during study semesters.

Sports facilities

The facility aims to enhance staff and students' overall health and well-being by providing a cost-effective, professional and safe training environment on the Casuarina campus. This aligns with CDU’s new strategic plan to promote a healthy lifestyle and a better work/study-life balance for both staff and students.

Student clubs

  • Bangladeshi Student Association. 
  • CDU Allied Health Collective. 
  • CDU Business Students' Association. 
  • CDU Catholic Society. 
  • CDU Christians. 
  • CDU Futsal Club. 
  • CDU Dance Club. 
  • CDU Engineering Student Society

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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