New students to shape future at CDU 

CDU Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning student Caitlyn Saunders and Bachelor of Economics Swedish exchange student Tim Norman enjoy the mid-year orientation

An exciting chapter will begin for hundreds of new students this week as they are welcomed to the Charles Darwin University community as part of its mid-year Orientation.

New students will sample campus life as part of the program that includes campus tours, information sessions with faculty staff and a welcome from CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover.

Professor Glover said that the new students would be joining a community of thousands of CDU students from across the globe striving for academic excellence.

“With more than 21,000 students, CDU continues to grow from strength to strength and offers a fresh approach to training, education, research and knowledge application,” Professor Glover said.

Last year CDU burst on to the list of world rankings when the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings placed CDU at 306th in the world and 13th among Australian universities.

Most recently CDU has once again featured prominently in a list of the world’s leading universities, placing 48th on the Times Higher Education’s “100 Under 50” list of the world’s best universities that are less than 50 years old.

Professor Glover said that CDU had a very active building program under way to improve facilities and services for all its students. “Those attending orientation will be able to view new and recent additions to the campus including the new student accommodation buildings, medical and pharmacy buildings and the $8.4 million sports and recreation precinct,” he said.

“Just last month we opened a new four-building complex that will provide an additional 72 beds on Casuarina campus, taking the capacity of CDU’s International House Darwin up to 360 students.

“Also under construction and due for completion later this year are the $3 million North Australia Centre for Oil and Gas and the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education.”

Orientation activities will run from 4pm to7pm in the Mal Nairn Auditorium, on CDU’s Casuarina campus today. Orientation for International students will be held tomorrow (Thursday, 12 July) from 8:30am to 5pm.

Teaching for semester 2 will begin on Monday, 16 July.