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Launchpad is a place where you can get answers to some of the big questions you may have. Find the answers you need to help you launch into your new world of study with confidence.

Online or on campus: five questions to help you make up your mind

1. How flexible is your life?

Launchpad is a place where you can get answers to some of the big questions you may have. Find the answers you need to help you launch into your new world of study with confidence.

Coronavirus is driving learning online. How well prepared is CDU?

It’s clear that the COVID-19 crisis has challenged the higher education sector to rethink teaching and learning. The result is that more students than ever will be studying online. Is Charles Darwin University prepared to meet that challenge?

Does a psychology degree open career doors? For CDU grad Matthew, there’s no doubt

Mature-aged student Ruth’s secret to success? Horsepower!

Speed up your university application with these tips

Sharina’s persistence paid off in the best way possible

How CDU is helping futureproof a Darwin business and its employees

She was told she didn’t belong in the gym...

Someone called Leah a mature-age student “I’m not mature!” she exclaimed

All joking aside, Leah Sloan’s journey to success has taken many turns. She’s been an airline lounge manager, a chef—and most recently—an employer of over a dozen staff in her tavern.

It wasn’t easy returning to school as a mature student for Karita

Year 12 was a disaster for Joel. Now he’s a CDU honours student

Joel Benesha is what you’d call a high achiever. During his time at CDU, the software engineering honours student has been the recipient of over ten scholarships. But things haven’t always been this way. Joel failed Year 12 and “hit rock bottom.” He talks about how he picked himself up and turned his life around.

Yron doubted his ability to study...

...But Yron emerged as CDU apprentice of the year.

From a four-year apprenticeship, to a four-decade job

“When I was growing up in Darwin, I didn’t really hear much about mechanical fitters,” said Eddie Clarke, who’s currently pursuing a Certificate III in Mechanical Engineering at Charles Darwin University.

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From a bored high school student to a respected community leader

Haydon Staines, a proud Indigenous man, went from being a bored high school student to becoming a respected community leader. It was a path that often took him out of his comfort zone. That path included graduating with a Bachelor of Education from Charles Darwin University. Now Haydon is helping to Close the Gap* as a school Vice Principal. Read on to find out about Haydon’s inspiring journey.

Hao’s research to hone in on microwave photonic technology

Hao Chen completed his undergraduate studies at Tianjin University of Technology before going on to work as an electronics engineer for big brands like Samsung and Honeywell in his home country of China. He then made the move to Darwin to study a Master degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Charles Darwin University, which he graduated from in 2016. This star student was granted CDU’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award not once but twice and is now working towards his PhD in microwave photonic signal processing.

Srijana a rising star in local engineering industry

Srijana Ghimire has been kicking career goals since graduating from Charles Darwin University in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. She landed a dream job with an engineering firm when the ink was practically still drying on her testamur, has worked on fantastic projects, and was even honoured with the Northern Association of Women in Construction’s 2019 Young Achiever’s Award. Read on for Srijana’s full story.

CDU scholar squashes self-doubt

Neil’s story proves it’s never too late to start following your dreams

Where do art and environmental activism intersect? Ally is creating answers.

Hannah is researching military vets who attend uni—and she’s one of them

At first, Australian Air Force veteran Hannah Taino-Spick didn’t think she was eligible to do a research degree. Thanks to a supportive professor at Charles Darwin University, however, Hannah is now pursuing a PhD via a Higher Degree by Research (HDR). Her focus is on Australian Defence Force veterans who pursue higher education post-discharge. And she’s found that for former members of the military like her, studying can bring optimism and a new path post-military.