Charles Darwin University is an Australian public university. It was established in 2003 when the Northern Territory University of Darwin merged with the Menzies School of Research and Centralian College of Alice Springs. It was named Charles Darwin University to honor the celebrated naturalist Charles Darwin. As of 2011, it had 22,083 students.
CDU has a total of 11 campuses, located 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 campus opened in 2015 in the Darwin CBD which will serve as the business school campus. Charles Darwin University is also a member of the group of seven Innovative Research Universities in Australia.
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. The university also offers a range of flexible study options, including part-time, external and online. There are 3 areas of study offered in 6 colleges under the university.