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Curtin University
English Name: Curtin University
Region: Oceania
Country: Australia
Found Year: 1987
Address: Kent Street


Established in 1986, Curtin University takes its name from the influential former Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin, and continues to embrace his philosophy to “look ever forward”. Since its establishment Curtin has grown to become Western Australia's largest and most culturally diverse university, welcoming 52,994 students from all over the world in 2016.

Curtin’s main campus is in Bentley, six kilometres south of the Western Australia’s capital, Perth. It also operates from three inner-city premises (Curtin Law School, Graduate School of Business and Curtin St Georges Terrace), two regional Western Australian campuses (Kalgoorlie and Margaret River) and three offshore campuses (Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai).

The university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business, humanities, health sciences, resources, engineering and related sciences. Research is also a focus, and significant growth in Curtin’s research output and collaboration has driven the university’s rise up the international rankings in recent years.


In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016, Curtin was ranked among the top two per cent of universities worldwide, which is largely attributable to its increased research activity.

In the Nature Index 2016, which ranks institutions on their contribution to 68 top-tier science journals, Curtin was the most collaborative university in Australia based on its number of co-authored papers. Nature also ranked Curtin in the top 100 of the world’s leading institutions for growth in high-quality science, and the third-fastest ‘rising star’ in research in the Asia Pacific. Between 2012 and 2015, the university increased its journal contributions to the Nature publishing group by 80 per cent.

Curtin was ranked third in Australia for mineral and mining engineering, and fourth in Australia for Earth and marine sciences in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2016.

Global connections

In addition to its campus in Perth, Curtin has campuses in Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai, and maintains partnerships with more than 90 tertiary institutions around the globe.

In 2016, Curtin formed an alliance with one of the oldest and most revered universities in the world – The University of Aberdeen in Scotland – which will leverage the strengths and industry networks of both universities. The university has plans to pursue similar alliances with universities in North America and China in coming years, and has identified global positioning as key to its future.

Curtin is a member of edX, a massive open online course (MOOC) provider founded by Harvard University and MIT, which allows people anywhere in the world to study a short course from Curtin for free.


Curtin University leads a number of major international research projects. It is involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations, including the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Centre for Crop and Disease Management and the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre.

Curtin is a key partner in some of the world’s biggest radio astronomy research projects. The Curtin-led Murchison Widefield Array is a low-frequency radio telescope comprising 4,000 fixed antennas, capable of revealing the secrets of deep space. The array is an important precursor project to the much larger Square Kilometre Array, to be jointly located in Western Australia and South Africa. When complete, it will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope.

Curtin is also recognised for its environmental and agricultural research. It opened a $46 million agriculture research facility in 2016, boosting the capabilities of the Centre for Crop and Disease Management – a highly successful, national research centre co-supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation.


Curtin offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across science, engineering, health sciences, business, humanities and Indigenous studies. Its courses are regularly reviewed by industry, business and government, ensuring students are prepared for today’s changing global market. Many of the university’s degrees are backed by national and international accreditation.

Curtin has introduced several technology-rich environments that recreate real workplaces, such as a simulated hospital ward, stock market trading room and digital marketing agency, so students graduate with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.


Recently, Curtin embarked on a 20-year master plan to create “Greater Curtin”, which will see the main campus in Perth transformed into a major innovation precinct in the Asia-Pacific region. The plan will bring together industry, academia and government like never before in Western Australia, and include new transport infrastructure, student accommodation, dedicated spaces and programs to support entrepreneurship, and facilities to encourage new research and industry partnerships.

Curtin has a long history of supporting entrepreneurship and innovative ideas through a range of services for startup companies. Examples of Curtin innovations are the Scanalyse service for monitoring wear on mine equipment, high-definition HiSeis 3D seismic equipment for mineral exploration and smart video surveillance technology by iCetana.

Campus life

The university is a hive of activity. Between classes students can enjoy a wide range of activities including sports and fitness, social clubs and societies, volunteer work and exciting campus events. Students studying at Curtin’s multicultural campuses can expect to build life skills, join an international community and become part of a forward thinking culture committed to sharing innovative ideas.


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