Curtin University

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Curtin University
Former names
Western Australian Institute of Technology (1966–1986)
Curtin University of Technology (1986–2010)
Motto Make Tomorrow Better
Established 1966
Type Public
Endowment A$860 Million (2013)
Chancellor Colin Beckett
Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry
Administrative staff
3,689
Undergraduates 37,005
Postgraduates 10,955
Location Bentley, Western Australia, Australia
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Campus Urban; 116 hectares[1]
Affiliations ATN, ASAIHL, OUA
Website Curtin.edu.au

Curtin University (a trademark of Curtin University of Technology) is an Australian public research university based in Bentley, 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 50,000 students[2] (as of 2014) at locations including Perth, Margaret River, Kalgoorlie, Sydney, Malaysia and Singapore.

View of Curtin University Chancellery Building
Curtin Stadium

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 Sydney, Singapore, and Sarawak. It has ties with 90 exchange universities in 20 countries.[3] The University comprises five main faculties with over 95 specialists centres.

Curtin University is a member of Australian Technology Network (ATN), and is active in research in a range of academic and practical fields,[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] Western Australia has become an important exporter of minerals, petroleum and natural gas.[7] The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited the Woodside-funded hydrocarbon research facility during his visit to Australia in 2005.[8]

History

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.

Curtin University's current site in Bentley 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).[9] Between 1966 and 1976 WAIT experienced an expansion from 2,000 to 10,000 students.[10]

In December 1986 the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) was made a university, under provisions of the WA Institute of Technology Amendment Act 1986.[11] Curtin University took its name from the former Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin. Curtin accepted its first students as a university 1987.

In 2005, Curtin and Murdoch University were engaged in a feasibility study into the possibility of a merger.[12] However, on 7 November 2005, both institutions issued a press release that such a merger would not be undertaken.[13]

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.[14]

In 2010, Curtin dropped the "of Technology" suffix, from then operating as "Curtin University". The legal name remains Curtin University of Technology until the Act under which it operates is amended by the Western Australian government.[15]

Rankings and reputation

University rankings
Curtin University
QS World[16] 284
QS Arts & Humanities[17] 272
QS Engineering & Tech.[18] 178
QS Life Sciences & Medicine[19] 350
QS Natural Sciences[20] 317
QS Social Sciences & Mgmt.[21] 215
THE-WUR World[22] 351-400
ARWU World[23] 301-400
USNWR World[24] 360
USNWR Geosciences[25] 75
CWTS Leiden World[26] 378
Australian rankings
ARWU National[27] 10-18
USNWR National[28] 13
CWTS Leiden National[26] 18

Curtin University is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. 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.[29] Curtin is ranked 284 by QS World University Rankings 2015.[30] As of 2013, the University is also ranked in The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) as one of the top 500 world universities.[31]

The following subject areas at Curtin University are strongly ranked and have received a five-star rating in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015:

  • Accounting and Finance (top 200)
  • Architecture (top 100)
  • Art and Design (top 100)
  • Business and Management Studies (top 200)
  • Chemical Engineering (top 100)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering (top 200)
  • Communication and Media Studies (top 150)
  • Computer Science and Information Systems (top 200)
  • Earth and Marine Sciences (top 100)
  • Economics and Econometrics (top 200)
  • Education and Training (top 100)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (top 150)
  • Environmental Studies (top 200)
  • Geography (top 200)
  • Linguistics (top 200)
  • Materials Sciences (top 200)
  • Psychology (top 200)
  • Sociology (top 200)
  • Statistics and Operational Research (top 150).

Curtin Creative Writing staff and alumni have won the Miles Franklin Award seven times.[32]

Faculties

Grounds of Curtin University

From 2007, the university's teaching and research is divided into five faculties (previously known as divisions).[33] These are:

  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Curtin Business School
    • School of Accounting
    • School of Business Law and Taxation
    • School of Economics and Finance
    • School of Information Systems
    • School of Management
    • School of Marketing
    • Curtin Law School
    • Graduate School of Business
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
    • School of Biomedical Science
    • School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
    • School of Pharmacy
    • School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
    • School of Psychology and Speech Pathology
    • School of Public Health
  • Faculty of Humanities
    • School of Built Environment
    • School of Design and Art
    • School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
    • School of Education
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
    • School of Science
    • School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
    • School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
    • School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
    • Western Australian School of Mines

Student Guild

The Curtin Student Guild is the guild representing students at Curtin University. The guild was founded as the WAIT Student Guild in November 1968.

In addition to student representation the guild manages most of the food outlets on campus. The Guild Second Hand Bookshop, Curtin Concept Store (Curtin University Apparel), IT Works - IT Convenience Store, The Spot - 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 Beach Bash held in semester one and Oktoberfest held in semester two. The guild publishes Grok, the campus magazine which has the largest distribution in the country. 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 and run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. As of 1 December 2014 the Guild President is Jason Giancono.[34] Postgraduate students are represented by Curtin Student Guild Postgraduate Student Association, a department of the Guild.

Funding to the Curtin Student Guild was greatly reduced when Voluntary Student Unionism legislation came into force on 1 July 2006.[citation needed] The Curtin Student Guild experienced state-imposed voluntary student unionism from 1994 to 2002[citation needed]. Funding to the Student Guild was restored with the introduction of the Student Services Amenities Fee.[citation needed]

Transport

Curtin has its own bus station, 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.

Other campuses

Curtin has two smaller off-site campuses within the Perth metropolitan area. The Graduate School of Business is located in the Perth Central Business District in the renovated former Government Printing Office, a listed building on the State Register of Heritage Places. The university's Health Research Campus is located in Shenton Park and accommodates the National Drug Research Institute.

The University Departments of Exploration Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering are located at the co-location research facilities of the Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC[35]) which also houses offices of CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering[36] and National Measurement Institute.[37] The ARRC is located in the Technology Park Belmont, 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[38] 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.

Sydney campus

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 occupies the historical Berlei Building. Curtin Sydney offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses to students from all over the world. In 2015 the Curtin University Council concluded that Curtin's presence in Sydney was not in line with the university's research and marketing objectives, and scheduled its closure for early 2017.[39]

Facilities

Undergraduate programs

  • Curtin College Diploma of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Commerce with majors and double majors in: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and International Business.

Postgraduate programs

  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting
  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Commerce: Professional Accounting
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
  • Master of Science: Project Management

Additional services

  • Internship program: Available to undergraduate and postgraduate students, the programme places students in a local company for 12–16 weeks in a relevant role to their field of study.
  • Career preparation seminars: Held on campus, and covering practical skills such as job seeking and interview skills, time management and goal setting, motivation and leadership, networking and Australian cultural sensitivities

Sarawak campus

The campus in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, is a significant development for the university and 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 over 3,000 students from over 40 countries, and academics from more than 15 countries.[40] Curtin Sarawak is the only approved CISCO Networking University in Miri and Brunei.[41]

Singapore campus

Curtin University opened a Singapore-based campus on 23 November 2008.[42][43] Curtin University Singapore courses use the same structure and unit curriculum as those offered at the Bentley campus.

Mauritius

The Charles Telfair Institute, a private education institution, is affiliated with Curtin University and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Mauritius.[44]

Annual reports

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

Previous annual reports

Curtin MOOCS

Curtin offer Massive Open Online Courses (also known as MOOCs) that allow anyone to complete short courses on a variety of topics online for free. Currently Curtin offer:

Curtin Open Universities Australia courses

Curtin University run several courses available fully online through Open Universities Australia. Courses available are listed on the OUA website.

Notable people

Faculty and staff

Curtin's current faculty includes prominent scholars such as environmental scientist Peter Newman and writer Kim Scott.

Past prominent faculty members include the post-modernist Niall Lucy, writer Elizabeth Jolley and journalist Robert Duffield.

Alumni

Among notable people to attend Curtin University are:

See also

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