History, Affiliations, and Rankings
Established in 1966, Curtin University was founded as the Western Australian Institute of Technology. The origins of the University lie with the Perth Technical School, which was founded in the early 1900s, and that went on to become Western Australia’s third University, and Australia’s first University of technology in 1987. Curtin began by offering industry-focused education to the booming post-war population in Australia. In 2010, it adopted its new name, Curtin University, to position itself in the international academic sphere. Curtin University is affiliated with the Australian Technology Network, Association of Southeast Asian Institutes of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), and with the Open Universities Australia. A top 1% of world universities, Curtin ranks #194 globally by the QS World University Rankings, #251 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and #156 by the US News & World Report Global Universities Rankings.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
Curtin University has 5 campuses in Australia and 4 international campuses in Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, and Mauritius. The main campus, which is also the largest, is located in the suburb of Bentley, which is in the southeast of central Perth. The Perth campus of Curtin University is a bold 1960s architecture, beautifully nestled in landscaped green stretches. The University also has over 80 international partner institutions in more than 20 countries worldwide, offering plenty of international exchange opportunities for the students, besides a global network for researchers. Curtin University offers more than 150 courses in the fields of Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture, Business, Law, and several more.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Since the 56 years of founding, Curtin University has had a long road of accomplishments. It was the first University of technology in Australia. A research-intensive University, its students being the only one in a Western Australian university who have won the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering’s Postgraduate Student Gold Medal. In 2019, the University reported the Best Graduate Outcomes in Western Australia, with the highest number of undergraduates finding employment after graduation. In fact, 53.3% of Western Australia’s undergraduates report Curtin to be their first preference among Australian Universities. Curtin University has also had a long list of notable alumni like Judy Davis (Australian actress), Cody Fem (Australia Actor and Director), John Butler (Musician), Natalia Cooper (Journalist for Nine News at the Nine Network Sydney), Jessica De Gouw (Actress), and many more.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Curtin University enrolls more than 13,000+ international students every year that comprise more than 25% of its overall student body. Students from more than 100 countries study at Curtin University. With its international campuses, Curtin University enables its students to travel abroad to experience and acquaint themselves with different cultures. Curtin fosters gender and cultural inclusivity, making it one of the most diverse campuses in Australia. It has also been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award for promoting gender equity among the STEMM programs taught at the University. Many companies like IBM, Apple, Tesla, Bloomberg, Shell, Ford, Disney, and Coca-Cola have recruited students from the University.