History, Affiliations and Rankings
Charles Sturt University was established in 1989 and has expanded to become a multi-campus University with locations across Australia and Canada. It was named after a British explorer, Charles Napier Sturt, who is famous for the expeditions that he made into regional New South Wales and South Australia. CSU is affiliated with the Regional Universities Network, which is a network of seven universities primarily from regional Australia. The University has, as its Mascot, Charlie the Cockatoo, primarily because the cockatoo has a home in the regional footprint of the University. It represents Charles Sturt University's values of community and adaptability across global contexts. The university has been ranked #801-1000 in the QS World University Rankings 2023. Also, according to the US News and World Report 2023, Charles Sturt has been ranked #764 in Best Global Universities.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
A multi-campus university, Charles Sturt has six campuses located in Albury Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga along with a campus in Ontario, Canada. Each of these campuses has its own features and deals with different departments. The university has three main faculties, namely Arts and Education, Business, Justice and Behavioral Sciences, and Science and Health, each offering a range of courses and disciplines. There are Colleges and Centers for each faculty dealing with specific areas of study and research. There are a total of 350 courses for which the university also offers you the flexibility to study full-time, part-time, online or on campus.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The university has the highest graduate employment rate in Australia wherein more than 865 graduates find full-time employment within four months of graduating. Charles Sturt University was the first carbon-neutral university in Australia and the institution still continues to focus on creating a sustainable future. The alumni of Charles Sturt are popular and experienced in their respective fields. With a massive alumni network of 180,000+ spanning the globe, Charles Sturt graduates are leading professionals, creatives, defence workers, politicians and scientists, who are contributing to the community at the local, national and international scales. Some of them are Ivan Dean (Tasmanian Independent politician and former Mayor of Launceston), Jack Yabsley (Actor and Television Presenter), Ellie Brush (Soccer Player), Craig Stevens Wright (Australian Computer Scientist and Businessman), and Suzanne Hopf (Researcher, Senior Lecturer of Linguistics at Charles sturt University).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
There are around 4,000 international students out of the total student population, which is 43,679. This university values equity, diversity, and inclusion and therefore, understand the importance of and creates a fair and inclusive environment where students of all backgrounds can flourish. It is one of the first Australian universities to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze award for promoting gender equality across STEM programs. Charles Sturt is also a partner institution in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, the national benchmark for LGBTIQA+ Inclusion. The University provides support not only to the international community but to everyone with socioeconomic needs.