History

VC Professor Andrew VannCharles Sturt University's 20th anniversary year in 2009 provided an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as an institution.

While we are 20 years a University, our history of engagement in professional education and state of the art, relevant research spans more than 100 years with the establishment in 1895 of the Bathurst Experimental Farm.

The first 15 years of our history as a University was a period of remarkable achievement, bringing together two distinct and successful institutions, distributed over a vast geographic area.

Over the last five years, we have focused on consolidating that achievement and have realised our ambition of being a national University, located in Inland Australia, but serving the broader professional needs of our national economy at every level.

CSU is committed to achieving excellence in education for the professions and to maintaining national leadership in flexible and distance education.

We are proud to be a leading player in international research in ethics, theology, governance, security, water, food, agriculture, education and environment.

Growing our University has been achieved through a fine balance of financial prudence and strategic investment. Like our name-sake, the celebrated Australian explorer Charles Napier Sturt, Charles Sturt University will continue on this exciting journey, exploring new and innovative ways of advancing discovery and learning.

Professor Andrew Vann
Vice-Chancellor and President

About Charles Napier Sturt

Charles Napier Sturt was born in India on 28 April 1795. At the age of five he travelled to England for his education, joining the British Army in 1813 and later serving in Canada. One of the most important explorers featuring in early Australian history, Sturt sailed to NSW in 1827 and began pursuing his strong interest in exploration.

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Historical timeline

Charles Napier Sturt was born in India on 28 April 1795. At the age of five he travelled to England for his education, joining the British Army in 1813 and later serving in Canada. One of the most important explorers featuring in early Australian history, Sturt sailed to NSW in 1827 and began pursuing his strong interest in exploration.

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Campus histories

The architecture of Charles Sturt University reflects both its history and its future. Integrated with our inland and metropolitan communities in Australia and overseas, CSU offers a diversity of campus environments and experiences.

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Emblems

Information about our Coat of Arms, Motto and CSU colours.

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Ceremonies

More information about the University gowns used in ceremonies.

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Officeholders

Chancellors, Deputy Chancellors of CSU, Pro Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, Academic Senate, President/ Presiding Officer and Councillors.

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Portraits

Portrait Policy, McDonogh Endowment, Vice-Chancellor Portraits, Chancellor Portraits and other Portraits.

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