Jan 21

Answers to the big questions

When CDU invited input from the Greater Darwin community and our campus partners on our Masterplan process, we asked some big questions.

The good news is that our community has plenty of answers. The engagement stage of the masterplanning process produced some interesting insights into what direction you would like CDU to take in the coming years.

Here is an overview of some of those big questions, and a summary of the interesting responses provided by the community.

What are Charles Darwin University’s points of difference?

  • The only university in the Northern Territory
  • A welcoming international outlook and connection
  • Dual sector focus, with Vocational Education and Training (VET) offered alongside Higher Education (HE) programs
  • Strong connections to, and knowledge of, Indigenous communities.

What will education look like in the future?

  • Campuses will be highly collaborative centres of applied education and research in partnership with the VET sector and industry
  • Flexible learning spaces
  • Integration of physical and digital methods of learning.

How can CDU support the economy?

  • Tie courses to areas of expected economic growth
  • Foster industry partnerships to deliver ‘work ready’ graduates
  • NT-relevant pathways for students of all backgrounds.

What is CDU’s role in the community?

  • To serve NT residents, first and foremost
  • It should have open boundaries as a hub for community activity
  • Offer access to knowledge and expertise
  • To foster ongoing connections for alumni.

The engagement also showed us what was important to each sector.

Our students told of the importance of connection to lecturers, researchers and industry, and other students, the need for affordable services, good job outcomes, and quality campus life as part of a community.

Staff gave feedback on the importance of a clear strategy and vision, facilitated by good communication, job stability, great student outcomes and opportunities to collaborate across disciplines.

Our industry partners told of the need for genuine partnerships with CDU, recognition and access to space on campus, and greater alignment between course focus and industry needs.

The wider community responses showed how strongly people felt about the importance of quality tertiary education in the NT, the opportunities they would like to have to use and enjoy campus spaces and services, and they advocated a need for CDU to support the local economy.

In our next blog, we’ll reveal some of your views specific to each of our three Greater Darwin campuses.

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