Brand story

Charles Darwin University was conceived to support the economic, environmental, cultural and social development of the Northern Territory. Recognising that we operate on the lands of many strong Indigenous nations, ours is a university deeply engaged with, and informed by, Australia’s Indigenous people. 

Charles Darwin University acknowledges and pays respect to Elders both past and present of the Larrakia people where the main Darwin campus is located, along with our campuses on lands of the Arrernte of Alice Springs, the Jawoyn, Wardaman and Dagomon of Katherine, the Waramungu of Tennant Creek, and our interstate campuses on lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation of Sydney and the Kulin Nation of Melbourne. CDU also acknowledges its footprint is on the lands of many nations of Aboriginal custodians including the Kungarany people of Batchelor and Adelaide River, Yolngu of northeast Arnhemland, and the Tiwi people.

The University has quickly grown both its national and international profile, and now encompasses over 10 campuses and learning centres around Australia, including Darwin, Alice Springs, Melbourne, and Sydney. 

As the only university based in the Northern Territory, CDU is uniquely placed to provide education, training, and research expertise to match the growing focus on Australia’s north.

Today CDU has cemented our position as a sustainable, innovative, multi-sector university with more than 24,000 students from over 55 nationalities.

We are recognised leaders in environmental studies (tropical and desert knowledges), Indigenous education and studies, remote nursing and education, and South-East Asian studies. And we have become known for our innovative methods of flexible delivery to broaden outreach to students with online learning. 

Together, we have a come a long way and have much to be proud of. 

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