|Western Australian Institute of Technology (1966–1986)|
Curtin University of Technology (1986–2010)
|Motto||Make Tomorrow Better|
|1,710 (2019 FTE)|
|Campus||Urban; 116 hectares|
|Affiliations||ATN, ASAIHL, OUA|
Curtin University (formerly known as Curtin University of Technology and Western Australian Institute of Technology) is an Australian public research university based in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia. It is named after John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945, and is the largest university in Western Australia, with 57,784 students in 2019.
Curtin was conferred university status after legislation was passed by the Parliament of Western Australia in 1986. Since then, the university has expanded its presence and has campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius, and has ties with 90 exchange universities in 20 countries. The university comprises five main faculties with over 95 specialists centres. It had a campus in Sydney from 2005 to 2016.
Curtin University is a member of the Australian Technology Network. Curtin University is active in research in a range of academic and practical fields. Curtin is the only Western Australian university whose students have won the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering's Postgraduate Student Gold Medal as at 2020.
Curtin University was founded in 1966 as the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT). Its nucleus comprised the tertiary programs of the Perth Technical College, which opened in 1900. The university's Bentley campus was selected in 1962, and officially opened in 1966. The first students enrolled the following year.
In 1969, three more institutions were merged with WAIT: the Western Australian School of Mines (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). Between 1966 and 1976 WAIT experienced an expansion from 2,000 to 10,000 students.
In December 1986 WAIT was made a university, under provisions of the WA Institute of Technology Amendment Act 1986. Curtin University took its name from the former Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin. In 1987, Curtin University of Technology became Western Australia's third university and Australia's first university of technology.
In 1993, Curtin founded a graduate business school in St Georges Terrace. It was moved to Murray Street in 2002, where it remains today. The school was developed on the foundation of Curtin's existing Master of Business Administration program.
In 2005, Curtin and Murdoch University were engaged in a feasibility study into the possibility of a merger. However, on 7 November 2005, both institutions announced that a merger would not be undertaken. In 2008, Curtin opened a campus in Singapore, its second offshore presence. In 2009, Curtin became the first university in the Australian Technology Network to be listed on the Academic Ranking of World Universities of research universities.
In 2010, Curtin dropped the "of Technology" suffix, from then operating as "Curtin University".
The main Curtin University campus is located in Bentley, Western Australia, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south-east of the Perth central business district. Curtin has three smaller off-site campuses within the Perth metropolitan area. The Graduate School of Business building is located in the Perth central business district in the renovated former Government Printing Office and the law school is located on Murray Street in the old Public Health Department and Chief Secretary's building, a listed building on the State Register of Heritage Places.
Exploration Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering are located at the co-location research facilities of the Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC) which also houses offices of CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering and National Measurement Institute. The ARRC is located in the Technology Park Bentley, 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 and at Royal Perth Hospital, amongst other organisations.
Curtin has campuses outside Perth, the largest being the Western Australian School of Mines at Kalgoorlie, and a number of micro-campuses in locations such as Esperance, Margaret River and Geraldton. Nursing is the only course offered in Geraldton. The Muresk Institute at Northam left Curtin in 2012.
In April 2017 Curtin University established its newest campus in Dubai at Dubai International Academic City. Australian Ambassador to the UAE HE Arthur Spyrou officially opened the campus on 10 September 2017. Curtin University Dubai courses use the same structure and unit curriculum as those offered at the Bentley campus. Curtin University Dubai is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority-KHDA. The Academic qualifications granted by Curtin University is certified by KHDA and is recognised in the Emirate of Dubai by all public and private entities.
The campus in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia 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 has around 4,000 students from over 45 countries, and academics from more than 15 countries. Curtin Malaysia is the only approved CISCO Networking University in Miri and Brunei.
Curtin University opened its fourth international campus in Mauritius on 3 May 2018.
Former Sydney campus (2005–2016)
Curtin University Sydney (Curtin Sydney) was established on 20 June 2005. The first campus was located in The Rocks area. It was later relocated to the suburb of Chippendale where it occupied the historical Berlei Building. The operation of Curtin Sydney was contracted out to private tertiary education provider Navitas Group. It offered diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses to international students. In 2014 Curtin Sydney was involved in a cash-for-results scandal where students since 2012 had paid MyMaster, a Sydney company, up to $1,000 each to write essays and assignments for them, as well as sit online tests. In 2015, Curtin announced the closure of Curtin Sydney from early 2017.
From 2007, the university's teaching and research is divided into five faculties (previously known as divisions), which each include a number of schools. These schools were consolidated in 2020 during a period of staff cuts. These are:
- Centre for Aboriginal Studies
- Faculty of Business and Law
- School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
- School of Management and Marketing
- Curtin Law School
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Curtin Medical School
- Curtin School of Allied Health
- Curtin School of Nursing
- Curtin School of Population Health
- Faculty of Humanities
- School of Design and the Built Environment
- School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
- School of Education
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
- School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
- School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
- School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences
- School of Molecular and Life Sciences
- Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals and Energy Engineering
John Curtin Gallery
Curtin has two of its own bus stations, which is connected to the Transperth public transport network. The station is also linked to the Mandurah railway line's Canning Bridge Station by a shuttle bus service. The university also has its own internal bus network trialling autonomous buses on campus.
The university is one of the partners in the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study, one of the largest cohorts of pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and early adulthood to be carried out anywhere in the world.
Rankings and reputation
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|CWTS Leiden World||239|
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Curtin was ranked 174th globally and 10th nationwide by U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings in 2020. The university was ranked in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities in the top 201-300 world universities.
Curtin was ranked 194th in the 2022 annual QS World University Rankings. It was ranked 2nd in the world for Engineering - Mineral & Mining, and ranked 5th in Australia for Architecture in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Curtin University offers on campus accommodation at four separate precincts which is managed by UniLodge. These accommodation options include Kurrajong Village, Erica Underwood House, Guild House and Vickery House.
The Curtin Student Guild is the student union at Curtin University. The Guild was founded as the WAIT Student Guild in January 1969.
The Guild fundamentally provides student representation services through the provision of Faculty, International, Postgraduate and Equity representatives and the professional support service Student Assist.
The guild operates most of the food and beverage outlets on campus, including Guild Cafés (Central, Engineering, Library), Angazi, Concept Coffee Co, Mallokup and Beakers food outlets. Other commercial services include G-Mart, Curtin Universities general store, printing, stationery and news outlet and The Tav.
The Guild operates and funds all Curtin student clubs and societies. The Guild also runs a number of events throughout the year, most notably the Toga Party held in semester one and the previous notable event Grasslands Music Festival held in semester two. The Guild publishes Grok Magazine.
The Student Guild is governed by students through the Guild Council which consists of Executive members: President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Chair of The Representation Board and Councillors. All other representatives sit on the Representation Board. Student representatives are elected to their positions by students in annual elections held in September. Major Groups that contest elections include Illuminate, Progress, Left Action and the Joke Ticket. The Guild is currently operated by an Illuminate majority.
The Curtin University FC Women's team are one of the inaugural teams in the new National Premier Leagues WA Women competition (which commenced in 2020), and is a part of the National Premier Leagues Women’s structure. Previously they had been a part of the Women State League Division 1 from (at least) 2012 to 2019.
Faculty and staff
Among notable people to attend Curtin University are:
- Mouza Sulaiman Mohamed Al-Wardi, museum curator, Director of the Collections Department at the National Museum (Oman).
- James Angus, sculptor
- Natalie Barr, news presenter on Seven Network's Sunrise
- Carrie Bickmore, co-host of The Project (Australian TV program)
- John Butler, musician
- Michaelia Cash, Attorney-General of Australia, member of Australian Senate
- Natalia Cooper, journalist for Nine News at the Nine Network Sydney
- Priya Cooper, Gold medal swimmer at the Sydney Paralympic Games
- Joel Creasey, actor and comedian
- Judy Davis, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress
- Jessica De Gouw, actress
- Martin Dougiamas, creator of Moodle
- Jon Doust, comedian, writer, novelist and professional speaker
- Elissa Down, film director
- Cody Fern, actor
- Jim Geelen, professor
- Valerie Glover, artist
- Samantha Hall, entrepreneur, environmental and Antarctic researcher
- Brad Hogg, cricketer
- Claire Hooper, comedian
- Kenneth Maxwell, educationist
- Dean Israelite, film director
- Andrew Long, geophysicist
- Judith Lucy, comedian
- Frances O'Connor, actress
- David McComb, lead singer The Triffids, songwriter and poet
- Sheila McHale, former Cabinet minister in the Government of Western Australia
- Dacre Montgomery, actor
- Ljiljanna Ravlich, former Cabinet minister in the Government of Western Australia
- Kate Raynes-Goldie, game designer and social media scholar
- Deborah Robertson, novelist
- Tony Ronaldson, basketball player for the Perth Wildcats
- Tracy Ryan, poet
- Philip Salom, poet
- Elaine Smith, actor
- Ben Templesmith, illustrator & author of 30 Days of Night
- Joan Winch, nurse and educator
- Tim Winton, author
- John Worsfold, coach of the Essendon Football Club and ex-coach of the West Coast Eagles
Curtin has become active in research and partnerships overseas, particularly in mainland China, and has received funding from major Chinese companies such as Tencent. 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. The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited the Woodside-funded hydrocarbon research facility during his visit to Australia in 2005. Funding from major Chinese companies connected to the state have led to concerns that Curtin University has limited academic freedom on certain topics.
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