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. It is named after John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945, and is the largest university in Western Australia, with 56,662 students in 2017.

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Curtin was conferred university status after legislation was passed by the Parliament of Western Australia in 1986. Since then, the university has been expanding its presence and has campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius. It has ties with 90 exchange universities in 20 countries. The University comprises five main faculties with over 95 specialists centres. It had a Sydney campus from 2005 to 2016; on 17 September 2015, Curtin University Council made a decision to close its Sydney campus by early 2017. Curtin University was established as Australia’s first university of technology and is a member of Australian Technology Network (ATN). Curtin University 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, 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. Western Australia has become an important exporter of minerals, petroleum and natural gas. 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.

Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest university. We also have campuses in Perth, Kalgoorlie, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius, and a network of more than 130 international partners. Curtin applies the philosophy of former Australian Prime Minister John Curtin (1941 – 1945), who said:

“The great university … should look ever forward; for it the past should be but a preparation for the greater days to be.”John Curtin


Transform lives and communities through education and research.


Our five core values are:
  • Integrity – to act ethically, honestly and with fairness
  • Respect – to listen, value and acknowledge
  • Courage – to lead, take responsibility and question
  • Excellence – to strive for excellence and distinction
  • Impact – to empower, enable and inspire.
Our core values have been defined to help improve our lived experience1 at Curtin, and as a result:
  • Employers will actively seek our students, because as future leaders they model values based behaviours.
  • People will seek us out and choose to stay with Curtin because we are an employer of choice.
  • Industry partners and stakeholders will be proud to engage with a values based organisation.
By building on a foundation of integrity and respect, and through courage, we will achieve excellence and have an impact on the communities we serve.


Our values help to create a culture where our students and staff feel supported, valued, respected and inspired to be successful for themselves, for each other and for Curtin. This is essential if we are to fulfil our strategic ambitions and if the University community is to provide an environment that enables students and staff to succeed.In realising our vision, the People and Culture theme of the Strategic Plan will ensure that we:
  • Create a global, collaborative and connected workforce.
  • Empower staff at all levels to lead, innovate and strive for excellence.
  • Strengthen values-based leadership.
  • Improve gender and Indigenous equity.

The Curtin University is a Public university located in Perth.
The current president of Curtin University is Andrew Crane.
According to verified online sources, the Curtin University enrolls a total of 58512 students.
According to the main website, the Curtin University has a total student population of 49634 undergraduate students and 8878 graduate students.

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