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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1966
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Kent Street, Bentley, Western Australia, Australia, 6102
    • Phone:
    • +61892669266
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Curtin University

Curtin University (formerly known as Curtin University of Technology and Western Australian Institute of Technology) is an Australian public research university based in Bentley and 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 58,000 students. Curtin University is a member of Australian Technology Network (ATN), and is active in research in a range of academic and practical fields, including Resources and Energy (e.g., petroleum gas), Information and Communication, Health, Ageing and Well-being (Public Health), Communities and Changing Environments, 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. Curtin has become 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.

Academic Highlights

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Business and Law
  • Accounting; 
  • Economics and Finance; 
  • Management;
  • Marketing 
  • Law School

Life in Curtin University

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 guild representing students at Curtin University. The guild was founded as the WAIT Student Guild in January 1969.In addition to student representation the guild manages most of the food outlets on campus. The Guild Second Hand Bookshop, G-Mart Store (Curtin University Apparel), G-Mart Books; 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 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, the official spokesperson of which is the Guild President. Student representatives are elected to their positions by students in annual elections held in September. Postgraduate Students are represented by the Postgraduate Students Committee, a committee of the Guild Council.The men's team of the Curtin University Football Club is based on the main campus. The club currently (2019) competes in the Football West State League Division 2. The Curtin University FC Women's team are one of the inaugural teams in the new Women's National Premier Leagues WA competition (which commences 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.

School Ranking

Curtin University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017. In 2015, its position increased by more than 100 places to equal 303rd in the world, which was the biggest increase of any Australian university.Curtin was awarded five-stars overall in the annual QS Stars university ratings for 2014.Curtin is ranked 250 by QS World University Rankings 2019. As of 2018, the University is also ranked in The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) as one of the top 200 world universities.Curtin is ranked 2nd in the world for Engineering - Mineral & Mining in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. In 2019 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject Curtin was ranked 5th in Australia for Architecture.Curtin Creative Writing staff and alumni have won the Miles Franklin Award seven times.


Undergraduate Admissions

  • These are the minimum requirements for Curtin University Undergraduate Admissions:
  • Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent
  • written submission
  • portfolio presentation
  • English language proficiency                                                                                                                                  

Graduate Admissions

For graduate applicants, the general guidelines are more or less the same as for undergraduates. Some specific requirements are as follows:

  • A bachelor degree
  • All academic documentation of previous qualifications.
  • Proper attestation from the concerned authorities.
  • Letter of recommendation from professionals in their specific fields.

Notable Alumni

  • 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, 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;

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Other Campuses
    • Block 11, 4th floor, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Curtin Mauritius, Telfair, Moka, Mauritius
    • Egan Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia



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