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From high school dropout to law valedictorian

Mark dropped out of high school in year 10. Fast forward a few years: he holds a law degree, is involved in countless legal education and community initiatives, was named NT  Young Achiever of the Year in 2017 and nominated as Indigenous valedictorian of his graduating class at CDU.  His valedictorian speech will inspire the most uninspired. Here's what he had to say. 

I'm the first in my family to go to uni

Beth Cooper is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Canberra; passionate about Australian history, design, communication and solving community development issues. Last year, she moved to Darwin to pursue her life goals; kick-starting her study dreams with CDU's free Tertiary Enabling program. Coming from a line of strong women, Beth is the first person in her family to go to university and is currently pursuing a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree in the hope to become a workers’ rights advocate. We caught up with her to celebrate her first High Distinction grade and to hear about her story.   

From bridging course to Mechanical Engineering

When Rikki Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering* from CDU, she was nominated by her lecturers as a valedictorian for her outstanding personal achievements and academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she shares her determination to create a better future for her family.  * This course has been replaced by the Bachelor of Engineering Science.

How Kelly managed study commitments while moving interstate, twice!

Meet Kelly, an external student who will be graduating in 2019 with her Bachelor of Science. Read how she has taken study head-on while moving interstate and what motivates her to keep on with her studies. 

Six reasons not to study at university and how to switch that thinking

If you are thinking about tackling a university degree, you probably have a few questions or barriers preventing you from taking the plunge and getting started.

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Kyaw's Pathway to Study

If you’re dreaming of a degree but not sure if you have the skills to succeed at university, check out Kyaw’s story. 

Newborn and new career path: Chandu did it

When Chandu de Silva was on maternity leave caring for her one-month-old son, Riyon, she decided, when the time came, she wanted to return to the workforce as a biomedical engineer.

How Sam went from bridging course to PhD

Sam Keitaanpaa didn’t always plan to go to university. After Year 12, he travelled to the UK to work for a year, before returning home to Australia to work in retail. It was then that Sam realised that a career in healthcare was what he really wanted to pursue.

Explore our 2019 courses

Looking to start study this year? Explore our courses on offer from health, business, education, science, arts and more.

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How to choose between a certificate, diploma and other qualifications

Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, Honours, Masters… errrrm?

Didn't get the ATAR you were expecting? No worries.

We'll let you in on a little secret: there is life after your ATAR results. If you didn't get the ATAR result you needed, don't let it stop you from kicking your goals! Going to university isn't always a smooth and straight road; there are many ways to get there. So, it's time to take a roadtrip of a different kind. Below are some options to knock down those barriers between you and your desired qualification.

How I got into the swing of study before starting uni

Felex completed our Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) in order to gain the skills to succeed at university after moving from Uganda. We asked him about his experience studying TEP, VET and Higher Education with CDU.

TEP helped me gain entry into Nursing

Irene is a CDU student, who once thought going to uni wasn't on the cards. Here's her story.

Improve your typing skills for uni

There is no getting around it. Study = assignments which = typing – and lots of it! If you’re returning to study or haven’t done this in a while, completing an assignment becomes a monumental task if you only rely on two fingers!