Curtin University

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Curtin University of Technology)
Jump to: navigation, search
Curtin University
Curtin University Logo
Motto Make Tomorrow Better
Established 1986
Type Public
Chancellor Colin Beckett
Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry
Admin. staff 3,689
Undergraduates 37,005
Postgraduates 10,955
Location Bentley, Western Australia, Australia
Campus Urban; 116 hectares[1]
Affiliations ATN, ASAIHL, OUA
Website www.curtin.edu.au
Curtin University - Building 408, with adjacent 3.8 megalitre thermal energy storage tank
Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control in Perth

Curtin University (a trademark of Curtin University of Technology) is public university based in Perth, Western Australia. The University is named after the 14th Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin and is the largest university in Western Australia, with over 40,000 students (as of 2012).

Curtin was conferred University status after the legislation was passed by the State Government of Western Australia in 1986. Since then, the University has been actively expanding its global presence and currently has campuses in Sydney, Singapore, and Sarawak. Being a leading global institution, it has forged close ties with 90 exchange universities in more than 20 countries.[2] The University comprises five main faculties with over 95 specialists centres.

Curtin is ranked 284 by QS World University Rankings 2013.[3] As of 2013, the University is also ranked in The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) as one of the top 500 world universities.[4]

Curtin's Graduate School of Business's MBA programmes, which are accredited by the London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA), were ranked 58th out of 113 amongst renowned business schools worldwide by the Economist magazine in 2011.[5]

To date, Curtin Creative Writing staff and alumni have won the Miles Franklin Award a total of 7 times.[6]

Curtin University is a member of Australian Technology Network (ATN), and is active in research in a range of academic and practical fields,[7] including (but not limited to) Resources and Energy (e.g. petroleum gas), Information and Communication, Health, Ageing and Well-being (Public Health), Communities and Changing Environments, and Growth and Prosperity and Creative Writing. It is the only Western Australian university to produce a PhD recipient of the AINSE gold medal, which is the highest recognition for PhD-level research excellence in Australia and New Zealand.[8]

Curtin has become increasingly active in research and partnerships overseas, particularly in mainland China. It is involved in a number of business, management, and research projects, particularly in supercomputing, where the university participates in a tri-continental array with nodes in Perth, Beijing, and Edinburgh.[9] Western Australia has become an important exporter of minerals, petroleum and natural gas.[10] The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited the Woodside-funded hydrocarbon research facility during his visit to Australia in 2005.[11]


History[edit]

Prior to 1985, the university was called the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), formed in 1966. Its nucleus comprised the tertiary programs formerly conducted in the Perth Technical College which opened in 1900. In 1969, three more institutions were merged with WAIT: the Western Australian School of Mines (originally opened in 1902), the Muresk Agricultural College (opened in 1926), and the Schools of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (in operation since the 1950s at Shenton Park).[12] By 1976, it had expanded from 2,000 to more than 10,000 students.[13]

In 1987, the institute became the Curtin University of Technology under provisions of the WA Institute of Technology Amendment Act 1986.[14]

In 2005, the institute and Murdoch University were engaged in a feasibility study into the possibility of a merger.[15] However, on 7 November 2005, both institutions issued a press release that such a merger will not be undertaken.[16]

In 2009, the institute became the first university in the Australian Technology Network to be listed on the Academic Ranking of World Universities of research universities.[17]

In 2010, the institute dropped the "of Technology" suffix, now operating under its trade mark "Curtin University". The legal name remains Curtin University of Technology until the Act within which it operates is amended by the Western Australian government. [18]

University rankings[edit]

The following publications ranked universities worldwide. Curtin University ranked:

Publications 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
QS World University Rankings[19] 235 232 244 274 258 258 284
Academic Ranking of World Universities[20] N\A N\A 402-501 401-500 401-500 401-500 401-500
QS World University Rankings[21]
Subject Category/Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Arts & Humanities 279 398 120 N/A N/A N/A 223
Natural Sciences 251 294 256 278 252 255 211
Engineering & Technology 201 168 162 179 195 186 197
Social Sciences 204 268 249 249 238 187 166
Life Sciences N/A 356 N/A N/A 260 232 282

Faculties[edit]

Robertson Library in Bentley campus
Curtin Engineering Pavilion


From 2007, the university's teaching and research is divided into five faculties (previously known as divisions).[22] These are:

  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Curtin Business School
    • School of Accounting
    • School of Business Law and Taxation
    • School of Economics and Finance
    • School of Information Systems
    • School of Management
    • School of Marketing
    • Curtin Law School
    • Graduate School of Business
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing and Midwifery
    • School of Biomedical Science
    • School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
    • School of Pharmacy
    • School of Physiotherapy
    • School of Psychology and Speech Pathology
    • School of Public Health
  • Faculty of Humanities
    • School of Built Environment
    • School of Design and Art
    • School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
    • School of Education
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
    • School of Science
    • School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
    • School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
    • School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
    • Western Australian School of Mines

Student Guild[edit]

Curtin Student Guild Complex on the Market Day

The Curtin Student Guild is the guild representing students at Curtin University. The Guild started as the WAIT Student Guild in November 1968.

In addition to student representation the Guild manages most of the food outlets on campus. The Guild Second Hand Bookshop, Curtin Concept Store (Curtin University Apparel), IT Works - IT Convenience Store, The Spot - Stationary & News outlet, Guild Copy and Design Centre & The Tav. The Guild funds many of the student clubs and societies on campus. The Guild also runs a number of events throughout the year, most notably are the Beach Bash held in semester one and Oktoberfest held in semester two. The Guild publishes Grok, the campus magazine which has the largest distribution in the country. The Student Guild is governed by students through the Guild Council. Student representatives are elected to their positions by students in annual elections held in September and run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. The official spokesperson of which is the Guild President. As of 1 December 2014 the Guild President is Sam Cavallaro.[23]

Postgraduate students are represented by Curtin Student Guild Postgraduate Student Association[dead link]. CUPSA is a department of the Guild. Other departments include ISC (International Students Committee), Women’s, Queer, Indigenous,and Mature Age.

Funding to the Curtin Student Guild has been greatly reduced when the Voluntary Student Unionism legislation came into force on 1 July 2006. The Curtin Student Guild has already experienced State imposed VSU from 1994-2002. Funding to the Student Guild was restored with the introduction of the Student Services Amenities Fee.

Transport[edit]

Curtin has its own Bus Port, connected to the Transperth Public Transport Network. Many routes terminate/start at and run through this Port. With the 2007 completion of the Mandurah railway line, it has become easier to travel to Curtin. Students can alight at Canning Bridge Station, and then catch a bus, which goes directly to the university.

Other campuses[edit]

In addition to the main campus at Bentley, Curtin has two smaller campuses in the metropolitan area. The Graduate School of Business is located in the Central Business District at 78 Murray Street in the renovated former Government Printing Office - a listed building on the State Register of Heritage Places, and listed in the National Trust's List of Classified Places. The other campus is the Shenton Park Heath Research campus hosting NDRI (National Drug Research Institute).

The University Departments of Exploration Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering are located at the co-location research facilities of the Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC[24]) which also houses offices of CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering [25] and National Measurement Institute.[26] The ARRC is located in the Technology Park, Kensington, which is adjacent to the main Bentley campus. Some University staff, researchers and students on practicum work in other locations such as the Oral Health Centre of WA (OHCWA) in Nedlands [27] and at Royal Perth Hospital, amongst other organisations.

Curtin also has several campuses outside of Perth, notably those located in Kalgoorlie (Western Australia School of Mines), and Northam and Collie (Muresk Institute). The first two campuses reflect the university's traditional strength in mine engineering and agriculture and resources (Muresk). A number of micro-campuses exist in locations such as Esperance, Margaret River and Geraldton. Nursing is the only course offered in Geraldton.

Sydney campus[edit]

Curtin University Sydney (Curtin Sydney) was established on 20 June 2005. Initially, the campus was located in The Rocks area. It was later relocated to the suburb of Chippendale where it occupies the historic Berlei Building. Curtin Sydney offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses to students from all over the world.

Facilities[edit]

Curtin Sydney is located in the heart of the city near Central Railway Station, at 39 Regent Street, Chippendale. The campus has been extensively refurbished and offers campus-wide wireless internet access; E-Library with access to over 17,000 E-journals; latest IT setups in all classrooms. The campus has a large student lounge, study areas and a rooftop terrace.

As of March 2012, Curtin University does not permit smoking.[28]

Undergraduate programs

  • Curtin College Diploma of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Commerce with majors and double majors in:

Accounting, Finance, Marketing, International Business, Finance & Management, Finance & Marketing, Maagement & Marketing, Accounting & Business Information Systems, Accounting & Finance, Management & Business Information Systems

Postgraduate programs

  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting
  • Graduate Certificate of Finance
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting
  • Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance
  • Graduate Diploma in International Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Project Management
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Project Management

Additional services[edit]

Internship program: Available to undergraduate and postgraduate students, the programme places students in a local company for 12–16 weeks in a relevant role to their field of study.

Career preparation seminars: Held weekly on campus, and covering practical skills such as job seeking and interview skills, time management and goal setting, motivation and leadership, networking and Australian cultural sensitivities

Sarawak campus[edit]

The campus in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, is a significant development for the university and, to date, is Curtin's largest international campus. Curtin's operations in Miri began in February 1999. In 2002, a purpose-built campus was opened as Curtin's first offshore campus and the first foreign university campus in East Malaysia. It currently has over 3,000 students from over 40 countries, as well as academics from more than 15 countries.[29] Curtin Sarawak is the only approved CISCO Networking University in Miri and Brunei.[30]

Singapore campus[edit]

Curtin University opened a Singapore based campus on 23 November 2008.[31][32] Curtin University Singapore courses use the same structure and unit curriculum as those offered at the Bentley campus.

Mauritius[edit]

The Charles Telfair Institute, which is a private education institution, is affiliated with Curtin University and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Mauritius.[33]

Notable people[edit]

Faculty and staff[edit]

Curtin's current faculty includes prominent scholars such as post-modernist Niall Lucy, environmental scientist Peter Newman and writer Kim Scott.

Past prominent faculty members include writer Elizabeth Jolley and journalist Robert Duffield.

Alumni[edit]

Among the best-known people who have attended Curtin University are

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bentley (main campus)". curtin.edu.au. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  2. ^ Curtin Outbound Studies - Destinations
  3. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2013/2014". http://www.topuniversities.com. 
  4. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2013". http://www.arwu.org. 
  5. ^ "The Economist worldwide MBA rankings 2011". Economist.com. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  6. ^ http://news.curtin.edu.au/headlines/curtin-alumna-in-running-for-miles-franklin-literary-award/
  7. ^ "Research & Development at Curtin". Research.curtin.edu.au. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  8. ^ "AINSE Gold Medals". Ainse.edu.au. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  9. ^ "China signs WA gas deal". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 May 2005. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  10. ^ Amanda O'Brien (1 September 2007). "China overtakes Japan in WA trade". The Australian. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Chinese Premier visits Curtin to view innovative technology". Curtin University Media Releases. 3 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  12. ^ History: WAIT to Curtin
  13. ^ Gable, Guy (September 2008). "Overview of WA universities". The information systems academic discipline in Australia. ANU E-Press. ISBN 978-1-921313-94-3. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Western Australian Institute of Technology Amendment Act 1986: Proclamation". Western Australia Government Gazette. 19 December 1986. p. 1986:4861. 
  15. ^ "Curtin agrees to discuss merger". Curtin University Media Releases. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  16. ^ "Curtin Murdoch merger proposal not to proceed". Curtin University Media Releases. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  17. ^ Lane, Bernard (4 November 2009). "Dawkins reforms bear fruit at Curtin University". The Australian. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  18. ^ "Our name change - Curtin University". Curtin.edu.au. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  19. ^ "Curtin University Rankings". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  20. ^ "Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University". Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  21. ^ "Curtin University QS Ranking". 
  22. ^ Curtin University (13 September 2010). "Our study areas". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "Curtin Student Guild structure". Guild.curtin.edu.au. Retrieved 2010-09-26. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Perth: Australian Resources Research Centre (WA) - Participating Institutions". Csiro.au. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-26. [dead link]
  25. ^ "CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering". Em.csiro.au. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  26. ^ "Home - National Measurement Institute". Measurement.gov.au. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  27. ^ "Oral Health Centre of Western Australia (OHCWA)". Health.wa.gov.au. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  28. ^ "Curtin Uni to ban smoking on campus". thewest.com.au. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  29. ^ "Curtin Sarawak Malaysia". Curtin.edu.my. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  30. ^ Academy Connection - search for either Miri or Brunei
  31. ^ Nicol, Julia (26 March 2008). "Curtin announces new Singapore Campus". Curtin News. Curtin University of Technology. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  32. ^ Yeen Nie, Hoe (27 March 2008). "Australia's Curtin University of Technology to open Singapore campus". Singapore News. Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  33. ^ The Charles Telfair Institute
  34. ^ "Celebrity Speakers Biography: Natalie Barr". Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  35. ^ "Curtin Faculty of Humanities: Alumni". Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  36. ^ "Curtin Alumni: Priya Cooper". Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  37. ^ "WA's catwalk star Gemma shines in her feature film debut". The West Australian. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-15. [dead link]
  38. ^ "Curtin Alumni: Amanda Higgs". Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  39. ^ "Funny girl". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 July 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  40. ^ a b "Communication & Cultural Studies - Graduate Achievements". Archived from the original on 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  41. ^ "Curtin Alumni: Sheila McHale". Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  42. ^ "Ljiljanna Ravlich MLC Biography". Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  43. ^ "Curtin Alumni: John Worsfold". Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°00′17″S 115°53′39″E / 32.00469°S 115.89405°E / -32.00469; 115.89405