Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) have signed a formal partnership agreement to establish the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education.


The Australian Centre of Indigenous Knowledge and Education, which is being built on CDU's Casuarina campus, is expected to be completed in 2012. It received Australian Government funding of more than $30 million in May 2009 under round two of the Education Investment Fund.


CDU and BIITE have also formed a partnership in higher education delivery, supported by an $8.8 million Priority Project grant under the Structural Adjustment Fund.


The Centre will be co-managed and run by staff from both institutions and will house state-of-the-art instructional, research, teaching and computer facilities. Mobile learning units will also allow the Centre to reach out to service remote areas.


The Centre forms the hub of the BIITE-CDU higher education partnership which includes joint delivery of qualifications in areas including health, education and Indigenous Knowledge.