October 30, 2009

Charles Sturt University – CSU

  1. Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University arms


For the public good






Lawrie Willet


Professor Ian Goulter








Albury-Wodonga,BathurstDubboOrange,Manly and Wagga Wagga,New South Wales,Australia


Urban and rural



Charles Sturt University (CSU) is an Australian multi-campus university located in New South Wales and theAustralian Capital Territory. It has campuses at BathurstCanberraAlbury-WodongaDubboGoulburnOrangeWagga Wagga and Ontario (Canada)[1]. It also has specialist centres in Manly (Sydney), and Broken Hill.

CSU courses are also delivered by many TAFEs (members of TAFE NSW and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE inMelbourne); and private institution Study Group’Sydney and Melbourne campuses (known as CSU Study Centres).

CSU is well known for its extensive range of distance education courses, which are online supported.

  1. History

CD Blake Auditorium, Bathurst campus, CSU

The University was established on 1 July 1989 from the merger of several existing separately-administered Colleges of Advanced Education including the Mitchell College of Advanced Education in Bathurst, the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education in Albury-Wodonga and the Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga Wagga,[2] through the enactment of The Charles Sturt University Act, 1989 (Act No. 76, 1989). It is named in honour of explorer Charles Sturt.

The Mitchell College of Advanced Education had been formed on 1 January 1971, and the Riverina-Murray Institute in Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga had operated since 1985. The latter institution had earlier succeeded the Riverina College of Advanced Education, which was itself the result of an even earlier merger between Wagga Agricultural College and Wagga Teachers College.

On 1 January 2005, CSU formalised moves to assume control of the University of Sydney‘s Orange campus, which came into force on 1 January 2005. From that date, all new Orange campus students were eligible to qualify for degrees from CSU; continuing students continued to be awarded their degrees from Sydney.

On 10 July 2007, fire destroyed a chemistry laboratory at the University’s Wagga Wagga campus [3]

In 2008 CSU opened a new Veterinary Clinical Centre on Wagga Wagga Campus and 2009 sees the opening of a publicly available Dental and Oral Health Clinic.

  1. Profile

Heffron Building, Bathurst campus, CSU

CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital under construction at the South Wagga campus.

Charles Sturt University is particularly well known for its degree courses in mediaand communications.[citation needed] It also specialises in the areas of visual and performing artsviticultureagriculturedentistryveterinary sciencenursing,radiographyteachingtheologyaccountancy and library and information studies. For over 30 years, the University’s winery[4] has been the producer of acclaimed table wines. The University’s cheese factory[5] has also achieved many awards for its specialist range, ‘Bidgee Cheese’, sold at the Cellar Door, and commercially throughout NSW and overseas.

CSU has four Faculties each offering a diverse range of courses and discipline opportunities:

James Hagan Building, Wagga Wagga Campus

Initially, CSU was one of a handful of Australian universities not to increase tuition fees by 25%, one of the reforms introduced by federal education minister Brendan Nelson in 2004, but it later voted to increase fees by the full 25% allowable starting from 2006.

On its Bathurst campus, CSU operates a radio station, 2MCE, which also acts as the originating studio for National Radio News, a popular community radio news service.

Students at CSU are represented by Charles Sturt University Student Senate – formerly the CSU Students’ Association (CSUSA). The CSU Student Senate is the overarching student body of CSU and comprises the following affiliates:

  • Orange Student Representative Committee (OSRC) – formerly Orange Students Association (OSA)
  • Albury-Wodonga Student Representative Committee – formerly Murray Campus Students’ Association
  • Mitchell Student Guild – formerly Charles Sturt University Students’ Association Bathurst (CSUSAB) – formerly Mitchell Association of Student Councils
  • Dubbo Student Representative Committee
  • Rivcoll Student Representative Committee (Wagga campus)– formerly known as Rivcoll Union Inc
  • Canberra Student Representative Committee – known as St Mark’s Canberra[9]

After Voluntary Student Unionism was passed by the Howard government, the student unions on all campuses of CSU were dissolved and became Student Representative Committees under the university structure.

  1. NSW HSC Online

NSW HSC Online, an abbreviation of New South Wales Higher School Certificate Online, is a collaborative partnership between the NSW Department of Education and Training and Charles Sturt University. It provides 24/7 access to resources for 48 subjects, covering 76 courses. NSW HSC Online is supported by the Board of Studies NSW and the Professional Teachers Council NSW (PTC).

The NSW HSC Online website resources include sound and video files, speaking and listening tasks, animations, quizzes and virtual visits. Students and their teachers can contact curriculum experts and participate in discussion forums for specific HSC subjects.

  1. Gallery

Panorama of northern side of Wagga Campus

Panorama of northern side of Wagga Campus

  1. Notable alumni

  1. Charles Sturt University Centres

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