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Empowering progress in the North

By partnering with governments, industries, communities, and other Universities with an interest in the North, we seek to build connections and capacity for the future sustainable development of the North.

Contact us to collaborate, explore and progress strategic opportunities that hold immense potential for Northern Australia.

Join us on this remarkable journey as we work towards realising the untapped potential of Northern Australia, transforming it into a thriving hub of innovation, opportunity, and sustainable growth.

Who we are

The Northern Australia University Alliance (NAUA) is a collaborative initiative that brings together three partner universities with a shared vision for the sustainable development of Northern Australia. Our alliance is built upon the mutual aspirations to contribute to the social, environmental, and economic growth of this vibrant region.

As proponents of genuine progress in the north, NAUA adopts a place-based focus, understanding that regional universities are pivotal in fostering embedded human development and research for the northern agenda. Through our alliance, NAUA strives to develop and retain the crucial skills, education, and research capabilities necessary for the advancement of Northern Australia’s industries and communities. Our collaborative relationship seeks to explore and progress strategic issues and opportunities that hold immense potential for the region. We are dedicated to identifying areas where collective action generates greater benefits than working in isolation.


CQUniversity, originally founded in 1967, is one of the largest universities based in regional Australia and the only dual-sector university in Queensland. It has a vision to be Australia’s most accessible, supportive and engaged university, recognised globally for innovative teaching and research excellence.

Charles Darwin University

CDU is founded on 50 years of delivering high quality multi-sector education in the Northern Territory. Its vision is to be Australia’s most connected University by being courageous and making a difference i n the Northern Territory, Australia and beyond. CDU is the largest tertiary institution in the Northern Territory with campuses in Darwin and regionally throughout the Northern Territory.

James Cook University

JCU is a research-intensive university defined by the Tropics, being uniquely woven into the intellectual, economic and social fabric of its tropical location and set amid irreplaceable ecosystems and cultures. Its strategic intent is to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.