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“Connect Discover Grow encapsulates Charles Darwin University’s strategy for the future, a future that will be filled with opportunities and challenges we can barely imagine right now”

Professor Simon Maddocks, CDU Vice-Chancellor

Charles Darwin University is  unique.

No other single Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, in such a remote location and with such a small population to sustain it.

We are dual sector and the only university based in the Northern Territory. We are the most northerly Australian university, literally on Asia’s doorstep. The Northern Territory covers around 17% of Australia, and it is home to about 1% of the population, 30% of whom are Indigenous compared with around 3% of the general population.

The changing Northern Territory economy, greater competition in the domestic and global education marketplace, and a change in the way people access tertiary education add another layer of complexity.

As we continue to operate in this incredible context and plan for a future filled with opportunities and challenges we can barely imagine right now, we turn our attention to our physical environments.

Condition reports show that many buildings at CDUs existing Greater Darwin campuses are considered at, or near, the end of their useful life.

As a result, CDU has embarked on a significant planning process to inform its future footprint in Darwin, both in terms of new spaces and new capacity to meet the current and future needs of our staff and students.

The Darwin Campuses of the Future project considers:

  • Planning for an Education and Community Precinct as part of the City Deal
  • Planning for its existing Greater Darwin campuses – Casuarina, Palmerston and Waterfront.

The output will be two Masterplan documents that are produced separately, but are driven by a unified vision for University growth, and will best position the University for future sustainability and success.

OUR CONTEXT

  • More than 22,000 students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education Courses
  • 1 in 8 Territorians now work or study at CDU
  • 1,800 international students from 60 countries now study in the Northern Territory
  • 40,000+ alumni across the Northern Territory and the globe
  • CDU’s overall operations together with student and visitor expenditure contributed $286m to the Northern Territory economy in 2016

THE OPPORTUNITY:
To Create a New World ‘UniverCity’.

The opportunity exists to align CDUs Greater Darwin campuses and infrastructure to CDUs Strategic Plan – positioning CDU at the heart of knowledge exchange, economic prosperity, and of social and cultural development in the NT and as a gateway to the Asian Region

  • Catalyst for urban renewal in the Greater Darwin region
  • More engaged and open university campuses and communities
  • Increases in the productivity and accessibility of Darwin
  • Fostering critical linkages and knowledge exchange
  • Encouraging partnerships with dynamic and exciting businesses, governments and community groups.

The trend is to nurture living, breathing communities rather than sterile compounds of research and learning silos, a quadruple helix approach.

CDU in the CBD

The proposed development of a CBD campus will see a range of existing education, research and training activity delivered from Darwin’s CBD. A masterplan for the CBD campus has been drafted by a consultant team led by ARM with input from key stakeholders and will be released in due course.

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CDU's Existing Campuses

With planning for the CBD campus well underway, it is timely to reflect on and review the usage of CDU’s three existing Greater Darwin campuses at Casuarina, Palmerston and the Waterfront.

Lead consultants, Hames Sharley, willl explore their strategic usage, future role for CDU and the community, built form and public realm requirements, opportunities to create great campus experiences and more.

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Masterplan Approach

 Q4 2018Q1 2019Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2019 Q1 2020 Q2 2020 Beyond
City Centre Campus CDU Education and Community Precinct announced Masterplanning team appointed Engagement with key stakeholders to inform Education and Community Precinct Masterplan Development of Draft Masterplan and ongoing stakeholder engagement

Development of Business case to support funding application with NAIF
Ongoing project planning
Existing Darwin Campuses Masterplanning team appointedEngagement with staff, students, community and stakeholders Vision and approach to Masterplan defined and tested

Development of Draft Masterplan and ongoing stakeholder engagement
Public launch of Masterplan Implementation of masterplan

Masterplan Approach Mobile View

 City Centre Campus Existing Darwin Campuses
Q4 2018CDU Education and Community Precinct announced
Q1 2019Masterplanning team appointed
Q2 2019Engagement with key stakeholders to inform Education and Community Precinct Masterplan
Q3 2019Development of Draft Masterplan and ongoing stakeholder engagement

Development of Business case to support funding application with NAIF
Masterplanning team appointed
Q4 2019Ongoing project planning Engagement with staff, students, community and stakeholders
Q1 2020Vision and approach to Masterplan defined and tested

Development of Draft Masterplan and ongoing stakeholder engagement
Q2 2020Public launch of Masterplan
BeyondImplementation of masterplan

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