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About  Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University is a dual-sector higher education provider offering vocational and higher education services from Certificate 1 to PhD. Charles Darwin University is also among the most research-intensive of Australian universities, with world-class research strengths in Tropical and Indigenous Health, and in Environment and Livelihoods. CDU enjoys the fastest growth in international student numbers in the Australian higher education sector, with Nepal, India, Bangladesh and The Philippines as key sources of international students.

Notwithstanding the low population base of the NT and its relative youth, CDU performs remarkably well in world rankings, in the top 2% of all universities worldwide, and in the top 50 under 50 years of age (Times Higher Education). CDU is ranked fourth among Australian research institutions for research quality in Environment and Ecology by Thompson Reuters.

CDU has a long history of engagement with countries to our north through research and education. We enjoy particularly close ties with Eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste, including in DFAT-funded projects investigating food and water security. We partner with many universities, government agencies and research institutes across the region. We work closely with the NT Government through a high-level partnership. Through its Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), CDU has significant experience and expertise in brokering, hosting and leading major national research collaborations with a focus on water management in tropical ecosystems. As elaborated below, senior staff have significant expertise and extensive experience in water policy, water management and water research in Australia and the region.