Australian gateway to Asia


Charles Darwin Univeristy University Australian Gateway to Asia

Beijing 6000km
Seoul 5500km Shanghai 5064km Tokyo 5400km

Asia’s gateway to Australia The Northern Territory is the gateway from Asia to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural attractions and Outback adventures. The World Heritage-Listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, with its rich Indigenous culture, are to the east of Darwin. Uluru, or Ayers Rock, and Kata Tjuta, or The Olgas, are in the south and draw tens of thousands of tourists each year. To the north and east are some of the finest fishing grounds and sailing waters in the world.

Taipei 4250km Hanoi 4650km Hong Kong 4250km

Bangkok 4320km

Manila 3150km

Medan 3974km

Kota Kinabalu 2557km Kuala Lumpur 3650km Singapore 3350km Kuching 2746km

Jakarta 2700km

Makassar 1475km Bali 1733km

Dili 700km

Port Moresby 1850km

Katherine Tennant Creek Alice Springs
Images courtesy Tourism NT.

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Australia’s university on the edge of Southeast Asia A dual sector university Faculty structure Vocational Education and Training Research Partnerships and joint ventures University life Australia’s gateway to Asia 5 6 7 8 10 12 14 16

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Charles Darwin University Australian Gateway to Asia

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Welcome to Charles Darwin University, Australia
Australia’s university on the edge of Southeast Asia Charles Darwin University is an Australian university with a primary interest in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. Located in Australia’s most northerly capital city of Darwin, on the southern rim of Southeast Asia, Charles Darwin University (CDU) is renowned for its research expertise and leadership in tropical and desert knowledge of the Australian and Asia-Pacific regions. Darwin’s nearest neighbours are some of the great cities of Southeast Asia. It is closer to seven major Asian cities than it is to any Australian capital. CDU is the only university based in the Northern Territory, one of Australia’s eight States and Territories. We provide education, training, research expertise and commercial consulting services within a culturally diverse and geographically large area. Along with its predecessor institutions, CDU has helped to strengthen communities and influence the social and economic development of northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for more than 50 years.
Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover

Our Mission Enriched by the social, cultural and natural endowments of the Northern Territory, and committed to the advancement and prosperity of our region and the nation, Charles Darwin University enables staff and prepares students to be creative thinkers and effective contributors in a complex changing world.

Our Objectives ƒ to create a rich learning environment ƒ to be the preferred university for Australian Indigenous students ƒ to enhance its local, national and international standing for research excellence ƒ to pursue partnerships of mutual benefit that strengthen capacity ƒ to be a robust, regional multi-sector institution.

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Charles Darwin University Australian Gateway to Asia

A dual sector university
CDU is a dual-sector university, which means we offer a full spectrum of education and training opportunities in Higher Education and in Vocational Education and Training (VET). The diversity of our study programs and delivery methods is rare among Australia’s universities. We offer Higher Education Bachelors and Masters degrees, and advanced research Doctorates. More than 50% of our Higher Education students undertake their studies on line from their home bases across Australia and overseas. Some 21,000 students study with CDU and almost two-thirds of these are enrolled in VET programs. The 600 international students who are enrolled with CDU are studying in both VET and Higher Education programs. We also deliver training into more than 170 sites in remote locations across the Territory.





1. Indonesian dancers perform at the celebration to open the Indonesian Garden on Casuarina campus in Darwin. 2. CDU has extensive holdings across its three libraries. 3. Professor of Zoology, Keith Christian at work in a research laboratory.


Faculty of Education, Health and Science Schools ƒ Education ƒ Engineering and Information Technology ƒ Environmental and Life Sciences ƒ Health Sciences

Faculty of Law, Business and Arts Schools ƒ Law and Business ƒ Creative Arts and Humanities ƒ Academic Language and Learning

Research Schools ƒ Menzies School of Health Research ƒ School for Social and Policy Research ƒ Graduate School for Health Practice ƒ School for Environmental Research ƒ Australian School of Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Higher Education Faculty structure

4. A graduation ceremony at Casuarina campus, held under tropical skies.

We also host communities of scholars in areas of research specialisation such as the North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance, and the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge research hub.

Charles Darwin University Australian Gateway to Asia

Vocational Education and Training CDU currently holds the title of Training Provider of the Year for outstanding achievements in all aspects of delivering VET. Our VET portfolio illustrates our responsiveness to the education and training needs of industry, business and government. We offer awards at Certificate I, II, III, and IV levels, as well as Diplomas and short courses in a wide range of areas:

ƒ Agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture ƒ Arts, music and media design ƒ Automotive ƒ Building and construction ƒ Business ƒ Commercial cookery, bakery and butchery ƒ Community and children’s services, health and education ƒ Computing ƒ Electrical and refrigeration / air-conditioning ƒ Language, literacy and numeracy ƒ Occupational health and safety

ƒ Training and assessment ƒ Transport and storage ƒ Tourism and hospitality ƒ Welding, fabrication, fitting and machining. Our students can move seamlessly from VET to Higher Education studies, which is one of the many advantages of studying at a dual sector university.

Budding opera singer and CDU student Kang Wang performs at a graduation ceremony.


Charles Darwin University Australian Gateway to Asia

CDU is a research-intensive university. Our research activity, which is commonly undertaken through partnerships and alliances with other universities and researchers nationally and internationally, reflects the culturally and biologically diverse Northern Territory. Our research expertise is grouped under: ƒ Tropical knowledge ƒ Desert knowledge ƒ Indigenous knowledge ƒ Southeast Asian studies. Innovative Research Universities CDU is one of seven members of Australia’s Innovative Research Universities network, through which the members direct their expert knowledge, capabilities and resources to enhance the outcomes of higher education. CDU sits along side Flinders, Griffith, James Cook, La Trobe, Murdoch and Newcastle universities in the network. Top 5 in Australian research The research excellence at CDU is recognised in a new international ranking of universities. The Spain-based SCImago Institutions 2009 World Report published the first index of institutions that are active in research, and ranked CDU in the top five Australian universities. SCImago employed various measures to create the index, including the number of times a university’s scholarly papers are quoted in the work of other researchers. Our annual research income is $26 million and almost 40% of our academic staff hold PhDs.

CDU’s research strengths are in: Natural and cultural resource management Human health and well-being Teaching, learning and living Community, development and identity.


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Charles Darwin University Australian Gateway to Asia

Partnerships and joint ventures
CDU is a core partner in a number of nationally funded cooperative research centres (CRCs). These collaborative partnerships are established by the Australian Government and bring together researchers and end users in specialised fields. We are a partner in the following CRCs: ƒ Aboriginal Health ƒ Desert Knowledge ƒ National Plant Biosecurity ƒ Sustainable Tourism The University is also a supporting partner of the Bushfire CRC. We have relationships with universities and organisations across the globe including: ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ China Malaysia Brunei Indonesia Singapore Philippines Vietnam Taiwan Timor Leste ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ Denmark Sweden Austria Germany Norway France USA Canada New Zealand



1. The Northern Territory is home to some of Australia’s most prized natural attractions, including the Macdonnell Ranges. 2. About one-third of the Northern Territory population is Indigenous. 3. CDU delivers education and training across the Northern Territory, including into the vibrant desert country of Central Australia.

Active partnerships and strong alliances are central to our success. They ensure that the knowledge we generate helps to build the communities of our region, and delivers value to business, industry and government. Our international partnerships also create opportunities for student and staff exchange, and the internationalisation of our curriculum and learning environment. Innovative Research Universities: CDU is a member of the network of seven Australian universities committed to conducting research of national and international standing.

Marine science: The Australian National University, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the NT Government and CDU are members of an innovative partnership that delivers cooperative research, academic and training activities, and expanded research infrastructure, to ensure sustainable and community-friendly development of tropical marine resources. Navitas Ltd is a global education provider and industry leader in pre-university and alternative pathway programs for people within Australia and overseas. CDU and Navitas Ltd are developing a program of education and training activities for people in the Northern Territory and the region. ACL provides high quality English language training, settlement and related services. The centre caters for international and domestic students, and migrants and refugees settling in Australia. The ACL English Centre is located on the Casuarina campus. Northern Territory Government: The Territory relies on a robust and responsive university to help drive its economic and social development. The Northern Territory Government and CDU Partnership is a formal agreement that is unique for an Australian university and supports education, research, policy development and program delivery.


Flinders University: The University’s medical program partnership with Flinders University in South Australia is about to deliver medical training wholly within the Northern Territory for the first time. The first generation of doctors to be trained in the Territory will begin the program at CDU in 2011. The Centre for Remote Health, based in Central Australia, is also a joint venture with Flinders University.

Images courtesy Tourism NT.


Charles Darwin University Australian Gateway to Asia

University life
Governance The Charles Darwin University Council is our governing body. The senior executive structure is headed by the Vice-Chancellor, who is supported by the Senior Deputy ViceChancellor; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and International; Pro Vice-Chancellor, VET; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership; and Executive Director, Corporate Services and Business Development. Campuses and centres More than 1400 staff are employed at our eight campuses and centres at Darwin, Alice Springs, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy, Jabiru and Yulara. The main campus at Casuarina is set in 56 ha of parkland close to the pristine beaches in Darwin’s northern suburbs. It has all the facilities expected of a 21st Century university. CDU also has substantial land holdings in the Territory including a 770 sq km working cattle station that operates as a training facility for VET students.

Library The central library is located on the Casuarina campus, while Alice Springs and Palmerston campuses are also equipped with library facilities. The Casuarina Library is a modern facility located at the heart of the campus and supports both students and researchers. CDU libraries hold almost 250,000 books and 40,000 general items. International students More than 600 international students from 52 countries study at CDU, making it one of the most culturally diverse universities in Australia. We provide a safe environment, strong academic support and a social program that helps international students to develop friendships in the wider University community.

On-campus accommodation North Flinders International House (NFIH) is a popular accommodation choice among international students. It is home to about 270 students, and plans are well progressed to expand on-campus accommodation because of the growing demand. NFIH provides students with a range of free communal facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, computer lab, swimming pool, BBQ facilities, games room, study room, TV room and in-room wireless internet access. Recreation Sport: CDU Sport provides exercise and recreational options to the University and wider communities. CDU Sport – Fitness Unlimited is a fully equipped, air-conditioned gym where people exercise individually or through group fitness classes. The wide variety of sporting clubs helps students develop new friendships while they pursue a healthy lifestyle. The Casuarina campus boasts extensive playing fields. Gardens: The Chinese Garden and Indonesian Garden are tranquil areas on the Casuarina campus that have been developed with the assistance of government, business and enthusiastic volunteers from Darwin’s Chinese and Indonesian communities. The gardens reflect CDU’s close relationship with China and Indonesia, and the multi-cultural nature of the wider Darwin community.


Cultural heart of northern Australia The University has a vital role in the Northern Territory’s rich cultural life, particularly in the areas of music and art. Darwin Symphony Orchestra: The Darwin Symphony Orchestra is the only resident symphony orchestra in the Northern Territory and is based at Casuarina campus. The orchestra has 75 members and performs in the Territory and overseas. Northern Editions: Located on the Casuarina campus, Northern Editions is the longest established publisher of limited edition prints in northern Australia. Many etchings, screenprints, lithographs and linocuts produced since 1993 have been acquired by major art galleries, museums, corporate and private collections around the world. Working largely through art centres in Australian Indigenous communities or selected galleries, the printmaking studio and gallery provides artists with the opportunity to have their art work editioned for display and sale. Charles Darwin University Art Collection: This exceptional permanent collection comprises 2000 works of art and has a permanent home in a new, purpose-built gallery on Casuarina campus. The Collection dates back more than 30 years and focuses on art from northern Australia and Southeast Asia. It features paintings, drawings and works of mixed media by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists, sculpture and ceramics, bark paintings, a collection of Indigenous material culture items, and works by Southeast Asian artists.

1. Curly Bardkadubbu Kumoken – crocodile c.1988 Natural ochres on bark 183 x 76cm [irreg] Acquired by the University College of the NT, c.1988 Charles Darwin University Art Collection – NTU96 Image © the artist’s estate & Maningrida Arts & Culture, NT


2. Artist: Sally Gabori Title: Dibirdibi Country 2009 Medium: Etching Image size: 50 x 50 cm Paper size: 83 x 80 cm Publishers: Northern Editions at CDU and Mornington Island Art Corporation Collaborators: Jacqueline F. Gribbin and Gertjan Forrer Printers: Jacqueline F. Gribbin and Jacinta Numina Waugh

Charles Darwin University Australian Gateway to Asia

Australia’s gateway to Asia
The Northern Territory covers almost 1.4 million sq km or about 17% of Australia’s land mass. Its dramatic landscapes, which span tropical wetlands in the north and red deserts in the south, provide a fertile environment for our research interests, and partnerships and alliances. More than 200,000 people live in the Territory and about one-third are Indigenous Australians. Darwin is the hub of business, industry, education and culture in Australia’s north. Located just 12 degrees south of the Equator, Darwin is often described as Australia’s gateway to Southeast Asia. People from more than 70 nationalities call Darwin home. The city has vibrant cultural groups that routinely engage with CDU and its international students. Darwin is a harbour city with a central role in Australia’s future industrial growth and in the ongoing expansion of the entire Australia Asian region. The city has long been Australia’s pre-eminent port for live cattle export and is now becoming the region’s primary service and supply base for offshore and onshore oil and gas projects. Japanese energy giant Inpex Corporation is investing $25 billion in developing the local natural gas industry. The significant growth in exploration, mining, and oil and gas projects in the region, including activity in the Timor Sea, presents an immediate opportunity for Darwin to further develop its logistical support capacity. Other important industries include mining, tourism and agricultural production. The Northern Territory has a strong economy. Forecaster Access Economics reports an annual gross state product growth to 2012-13 of 3.8% for the Territory. Its economic growth is expected to be the highest in Australia and well above the national growth of 2.6%. During the past decade extensive investment in infrastructure has been made to support Darwin’s industry and business. With its international airport terminal, connections to the national road and rail networks and world-class seaport facilities, the city is recognised as the linchpin that links Australia’s trade, communications, transport and logistics networks to those of Southeast Asia and beyond.

To find out more about Charles Darwin University, Australia visit CDU’s website: Contact Office of the Vice-Chancellor International Office Phone: + 61 8 8946 6040 Phone: + 61 8 8946 7215 Email: Email:

Cover Image Artist: Alma Webou Title: Pinkalarta 2007 Medium: Screenprint Image size: 40 x 49 cm, edition of 40 Collaborator and Printer: Bobbie Ruben Publishers: Northern Editions at CDU and Short Street Gallery

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