Create a world worth living in

Our story is built from the everyday stories of people like you. From the baby born in remote Australia to the research that’s bringing our rivers back to life. For 30 years Charles Sturt University has been empowering people with passion to create a world worth living in.

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Tammy's story

Tammy O’Connor wants all Australian women, wherever they live, to get the midwifery care they deserve. Her initiatives are helping extend essential services into rural and remote communities in New South Wales.

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Jonathon’s story

Jonathon Howard’s passion for our natural environment is contagious. From founding sustainability initiatives to educating our communities on water usage, he believes that if we work together we can achieve great things for the world (and little guys) around us.

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Courtney’s story

Culturally safe learning environments for Indigenous children drives Courtney Glazebrook. She stands up for those who need her most. Lobbying government and promoting collaborative communities are all in a day’s work. And resting on her laurels in not an option.

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Nicholas’ story

Nicholas Steepe believes the world needs more positivity. So he’s bringing it in bucket loads. He has turned his own experiences with mental health, identity issues and bullying into a passion for helping others find and claim their place in the world.

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Angus and Nina’s story

Angus Thompson and Nina Oyama formed a friendship unlike any other at university. Then they took their shared passion for the creative arts one step further and made a TV show. And not just any TV show. One that makes people laugh while challenging perceptions of disability.

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Dylan’s story

Growing up on a mixed farm in the Riverina, Dylan Male was naturally drawn to a career in agriculture. Fuelled by his passion for agricultural science and solving problems, Dylan strives to make a real difference in the world by improving productivity and sustainability of agriculture systems.

Building connections

We are who we are because of our collaborative relationships with industry and deep community ties. Like our longstanding partnership with the NSW Police Force, ongoing relationships with community groups such as Aboriginal Community Elders and Royal Far West, and delivery partners IT Masters, Study Centres and TAFE’s across Australia – just to name a few. We put our whole hearts into creating meaningful and lasting connections.

Seeking purpose

We champion research that helps our communities flourish and shapes the world we live in. Our researchers are making new discoveries spanning community resilience, water ecosystem health, children’s literacy, diabetes screening, jury reasoning and farming systems. It’s the value of what we do that drives us to strive for a better tomorrow, today.

Making it happen

Whether you’re the first in your family to come to uni or you’re adding another qualification, we make accessing education easy through pathways like Charles Sturt Advantage and our Indigenous Access Program. It’s no wonder we have the highest graduate employment rate in Australia. Our grads also enjoy the highest starting salaries and can start work on more than $73,000 a year.

Moving forward

As the world changes, so do we. We’re transforming and enhancing online study, investing in our communities through innovative facilities and the latest technologies and expanding our campuses. Our newest campus at Port Macquarie is set to become the largest international teaching and learning centre in regional NSW. And we’re bringing medicine to our regions from 2021 so we can do our part to make sure future generations will be well taken care of.

Our history is grounded in regional Australia.

We may be celebrating 30 years as Charles Sturt University but our foundations go all the way back to 1895. Our story of transformation shapes who we are today and our mission to create a world worth living in.

2019

Charles Sturt University celebrates 30 years as a university.

2018

Engineering degree announced as a top Australian emerging leader in engineering education worldwide by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

University announces Joint Program in Medicine to be delivered in partnership with Western Sydney University from 2021.

2017

Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann signs another five-year contract through to 2021.

2016

Law degree is launched

Move to three faculties: Faculty of Arts and Education; Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies; and Faculty of Science.

Charles Sturt University becomes Australia’s first carbon neutral university.

2015

Regional University Centre in Wangaratta opens.

School of Information Studies celebrates 40 years.

2014

Chancellor Laurie Willett AO retires.

Dr Michele Allan is appointed as the university’s third Chancellor and first female in the role.

2012

Port Macquarie campus opens on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

2011

Vice-Chancellor Ian Goulter retires.

Professor Andrew Vann is appointed as the university’s third Vice-Chancellor.

2009

First intake of dental science students.

2008

Indigenous Education Strategy launched.

CSU Green environmental office established.

2005

Establishment of Ontario campus in Canada.

Transfer of the Orange campus of the University of Sydney (formerly Orange Agricultural College) to Charles Sturt University.

First intake of veterinary science students.

2002

Chancellor David Asimus retires.

Lawrie Willett AO is appointed as the university’s second Chancellor.

2001

Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Blake retires.

Professor Ian Goulter is appointed as the university’s second Vice-Chancellor.

1999

Opening of new campus in Dubbo in western New South Wales.

1998

Signing of contract with New South Wales Police to provide policing education.

Establishment of a new campus in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

1997

Charles Sturt University named University of the Year for success in educating first in family university students.

1996

Charles Sturt University signs with Study Group Australia.

1993

Land purchased at Thurgoona to expand Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Transfer of the Robinson Education Centre site in Broken Hill to Charles Sturt University by the University of New South Wales.

1992

The Charles Sturt University chancellery, the Grange, opens at Bathurst campus.

Agreement signed to partner in Australian Graduate School of Police Management based at Manly, Sydney.

1991

Charles Sturt University Coat of Arms unveiled.

The Cedars historic property purchased in Albury and refurbished as Albury-Wodonga Campus administrative centre.

1990

Former Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education Principal, Professor Cliff Blake, appointed as inaugural Vice-Chancellor.

1989

Charles Sturt University established as a university by act of parliament.

Interim Board of Governors meets for the first time and announces appointment of the inaugural Chancellor, David Asimus.

Merger of Mitchell College of Advanced Education and the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education.

1984

Dissolution of the Goulburn College of Advanced Education.

Relocation of the NSW Police College to the former site of Goulburn College of Advanced Education.

Riverina College of Advanced Education re-named the Riverina-Murray Institute for Higher Education.

1975

Merger of the Wagga Wagga Agricultural College into the Riverina College of Advanced Education.

1971

Wagga Wagga Teachers College reformed as Riverina College of Advanced Education.

1951

Bathurst Teachers College established.

1949

Wagga Agricultural College established.

1947

Wagga Wagga Teachers College established.

1896

Wagga Experiment Farm established.

1895

Bathurst Experiment Farm established.