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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) has its main campus in Darwin and campuses in other centres of the Northern Territory. It routinely delivers education programs “on community” with staff delivering at over 170 locations in recent years. Extensive university research and educational activity occurs within three areas – across northern Australia, in central Australia, and out into the Asia-Pacific. Each of these areas is characterised by “tough” and often remote environments, rich in cross-cultural influences underpinned by traditional knowledge. It is the only Australian university which has amongst its major strategic commitments, to be the best in “Indigenous futures and relevance”.

CDU aims to be a “university without walls” involving members of government, Non-Governmental Organisation’s (NGO), the professions, industrial sectors and the Indigenous community in the development and delivery of its education programs and to deliver these programs in the most appropriate location using the best learning approach for that community. It has a strong focus on effective articulation and recognition of prior learning and has embraced flexible delivery of its programs through distance education. In this regard it is the only dual-sector university with significant distance learning capability and activity in Australia. This capability enables it to partner with other institutions around the globe for development and delivery of educational programs and research.

CDU is recognised internationally as a centre of research excellence and for the past two years has been one of the top two universities in Australia in the value of competitive research grants per academic staff member. Its research foci are strongly geared to Indigenous futures, the understanding of traditional knowledge bases and the interaction of western science and traditional knowledge to the benefit of indigenous people across Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific. These foci are natural and cultural resource management; human health and wellbeing; teaching, learning and living; and community, identity and development. Its research and capacity building has been, and continues to be, undertaken by working with, and under the authority of, Indigenous people.

CDU believes strongly in alliances and partnerships to ensure that the knowledge and understandings it generates are relevant and socially robust. The University encourages its staff to promulgate their research outcomes not only in the relevant academic and popular literature/media but also to achieve the greatest possible impact through influencing policy and development work by strong linkages with governments, international organisations and NGO’s, including through cross/joint appointments.

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