Last year Charles Sturt University (CSU) celebrated 25 years as a university. This timeline provides some snapshots from the 25 years, but the most important moments in that time belong to our students and staff. Share your favourite CSU moments online using the #CSU25 and we’ll add them to our timeline.
Since its establishment in 1989, Charles Sturt University (CSU) has grown to become Australia's largest regional university and the country's leading provider of distance education. The University’s origins date back to the establishment of Experimental Farms in Bathurst in 1895 and Wagga Wagga in 1896, and its history includes the development of Teachers Colleges on those sites in Wagga Wagga in 1947 and Bathurst in 1951.
The growth and evolution of these institutions led to the formation in 1989 of CSU, which incorporated what had by then become the Mitchell College of Advanced Education at Bathurst and the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education at Wagga Wagga.
CSU now combines nearly 120 years of education and research knowledge with a strong focus on professional skills and a mission to serve our students and our communities. Our on campus teaching and research facilities are state of the art, and we reach out across Australia and the world as a leading provider of online education.
We are also proud to be a leading player in international research in ethics, theology, governance, security, water, food, agriculture, education and the environment through a number of cross-institutional and collaborative research centres.
CSU has a diverse academic profile and this has been expanded through our willingness to partner with others. In 1998 CSU joined with the NSW Police Force to provide all academic training for police recruits, and another door was opened with the establishment of a new campus in Canberra to house the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. The University’s theological and religious teaching has since expanded to include formal studies of Islam and Classical Arabic through the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation in Auburn. CSU also offers a postgraduate program in Wiradjuri language, culture and heritage.
Our combined focus on services to our community and practical learning experiences for our students has led to the establishment of several clinics and enterprises, including Dental and Oral Health Clinics, Community Engagement and Wellness Centres, a Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Equine Centre and Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory, and a commercial Winery.
Charles Sturt University has grown by seeking new ways of serving our students and our communities. And like our namesake, the celebrated Australian explorer Charles Napier Sturt, we intend to continue on this exciting journey, exploring new and innovative ways of advancing discovery and learning.
Where are they now?
Co-founders and directors of 365cups
Whether you love a latte, fancy a focaccia or get excited by espresso, CSU graduates Simone Eyles and Mariusz Stankiewicz have partnered on an innovative idea to get you closer to your craving.