About the University

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is the largest regionally based university in Australia, enrolling nearly 43,000 students from across Australia and more than 120 countries around the world. CSU is a leader in online-supported distance learning and the largest and one of the most experienced providers of courses delivered by innovative online education. We offer one of the most comprehensive suites of courses of any university in the country, with the majority of our professional programs delivered in areas of identified national and regional labour market skill shortages.

Our campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Canberra, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Parramatta, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga serve the distinct needs of regional communities from northern New South Wales (NSW) to central Victoria, while our CSU Study Centres in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane provide on-campus education to international students in a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. We also deliver programs internationally in collaboration with leading partner institutions in Europe and Asia, as well as through online education.

At CSU, we believe in making a difference. We are proud of our international research across many disciplines, including agricultural science, horticultural production, food and wine sciences, crop and pasture production, veterinary science, animal production, education, curriculum and pedagogy, environmental science, applied ethics, philosophy, religious studies, criminology, nursing and marketing. The university's researchers work in consultation and collaboration with end users, industry, the professions and communities for the public good.

CSU has a proud tradition of delivering high-quality research that creates new knowledge, benefits people's lives, enhances the profitability of regional industries and helps communities grow and flourish. Our academics are proven experts in their fields, and our research connections span the globe.

Research is focused through four Research Centres:

  • Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation
  • Institute for Land, Water and Society
  • National Wine and Grape Industry Centre
  • Public and Contextual Theology

Through its Higher Degree by Research Programs, CSU is training the next generation of researchers and professionals who use critical thinking and seek to influence the world for the better. We believe wisdom transforms communities. With tenacity, we help to shape resilient, sustainable regions for the future. Together, our diversity and unique perspectives will create a world worth living in.

For the public good

We are a university of the land and people of our regions. True to the character of regional Australia we have gumption, we have soul and we collaborate with others.

We develop holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish.

Acknowledging the culture and insight of Indigenous Australians, CSU's ethos is described by this phrase from the Wiradjuri, the traditional custodians of the land of our original campuses, Yindyamarra Winhanganha, meaning the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.

Our ethos is underpinned by four values:

  • insightful
  • inclusive
  • impactful
  • inspiring

These values are the principles and aspirations that guide our decision making and underpin our ways of working. By living these values, we want to make this a world worth living in. As a university we strive to understand people and the world; to embrace our differences and recognise the strength and value of working together; to make a difference in society through the work we do; and to lead for a bright and sustainable future.

Our mission is to build skills and knowledge in our regions. We offer choice and flexibility to students and work hand-in-hand with our industries and communities in teaching, research and engagement. Growing from our historical roots, we share our knowledge and expertise as a significant regional export industry and we bring strength and learning from this back to our regions.

We are a market-oriented university and express our intent through our goal to be the dominant provider of higher education for on-campus students in our regions and in Australian online higher education.


CSU is committed to delivering the highest standards of governance and to establishing the culture required to assure our stakeholders of our strategic focus, operational performance and institutional accountability.