CDU receives Commonwealth funding for science 


Almost $900,000 is being provided to Charles Darwin University to develop shared, high-quality learning materials in chemistry, physics and environmental science.

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, announced funding of $7.6 million for 11 innovative projects that will support universities to diversify and to provide high-quality education.

The CDU-led project, in collaboration with regional universities in Queensland and New South Wales, aims to network and build niche units in the various science disciplines.

Professor Graham Pegg, Dean of Education, Health and Science, said the project was aimed at increasing the profile of existing science units to students at those institutions.

“Different institutions have different strengths in different areas,” Professor Pegg said.

“What we’re trying to do is to see if we can get some of the existing units up in a form that can be shared.

“New and innovative web and video conferencing technology means that collaborations such as this are now a reality.”

These new projects, funded through the Collaboration and Structural Reform Fund, are aimed at promoting structural reform in higher education and encourage stronger links between universities and industry, business, the local community, education and training providers.