Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university with about 22,083 students as of 2011. It was established in 2003 after the merger of Northern Territory University (NTU) of Darwin with the Menzies School of Health Research and Centralian College of Alice Springs, and it was named after Charles Darwin, the celebrated English naturalist.
It is a member of the group of seven Innovative Research Universities in Australia. CDU has campuses in the Darwin suburb of Casuarina, the city of Palmerston, and the towns of Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy, with smaller training centres in Jabiru, Tennant Creek and Yulara. A new waterfront campus opened in 2015 in the Darwin CBD which contains the business school.
The university offers a wide range of higher education degrees and vocational education and training courses with flexible study options, including part-time, external and online.
Charles Darwin University is a dual-sector university, which means the university offers Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and higher education undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines.
Enrolments in 2011 totalled 22,111 students, with 13,367 students enrolled in vocational and educational training courses and 8744 enrolled in higher education degrees.
There are three areas of study offered by the university:
The formerly independent Menzies School of Health Research is incorporated as a school within the university’s Institute of Advanced Studies. The Menzies School of Health Research is a joint venture between CDU, the Menzies Foundation and the University of Sydney and is located both on campus at CDU Casuarina and at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
The university 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.
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