Charles Darwin University is founded on 50 years of delivering tertiary education to the Northern Territory.
Formed in 2003 through a merger between the Northern Territory University, Alice Springs-based Centralian College, NT Rural College in Katherine, and the Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University offers a fresh approach to training, education, research and knowledge application. It aspires to be recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in Indigenous and cross cultural knowledge, tropical knowledge (relevant to the wet/dry tropics) and desert knowledge.
As a multi-sector education provider, the University can provide unique pathways for students, from school-based vocational training through to advanced research degrees.
Our students are drawn from the local area, across Australia and overseas, consisting of Indigenous and international students, school leavers and mature age people returning to study. Charles Darwin University is the largest tertiary institution in the Territory.
Charles Darwin University’s Palmerston campus is a friendly, warm and welcoming place for students, staff and visitors. The campus is people-oriented and seeks to engage further with the dynamic and growing community of Palmerston and surrounding regional area to help contribute to its growth and development for future generations.
Palmerston campus has modern facilities which enhances the learning environment for students and is a pleasant environment for visitors who wish to use the services provided.
The campus is home to a number of VET business units, and its highly acclaimed teaching team consists of executive chefs, award winning bakers, environmental scientists and experts in conservation and land management, retail, beauty therapy, hairdressing and tourism and hospitality.
Palmerston campus is set in tropical bushland within walking distance of Palmerston city centre. The campus's man-made lake is a lure for bird life, contributing to the relaxed atmosphere of the university grounds.
The campus currently houses the VET areas of Tourism/Hospitality and Conservation/Land Management. Campus features include a state of the art library and Karawa training restaurant for tourism and hospitality students, where you can enjoy a three-course meal.