As Curtin's Vice-Chancellor, I am pleased to welcome you to Western Australia's largest and most multi-cultural university. We have a strong commitment to international engagement with Australia's third largest international student population. We maintain campuses in Malaysia and Singapore while also conducting face-to-face teaching in a number of countries. This cultural diversity adds a rich and valuable dimension to our campus atmosphere and also prepares our graduates to live and work in an increasingly global environment.
We have a long standing commitment to indigenous education and culture and have the highest enrolment of Indigenous Australians of any university in the country. Our Centre for Aboriginal Studies is recognised as a national leader in its field and we were the first university in Australia to sign a Statement of Reconciliation.
Curtin is also fundamentally committed to providing regional education within Western Australia through campuses and education centres spread across the state including Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Margaret River, Port Hedland and Albany. We also have a campus in Sydney.
We are widely recognised for the practical and applied nature of our courses, which equip graduates with essential skills through exposure to industry and business, and our research, which focuses on solving real world problems. This combination enables our graduates to be effective in the workplace immediately upon graduation.
As part of this approach, Curtin has always fostered successful partnerships with industry, business and government to enhance the quality of our scholarship, teaching and research. We will continue to develop existing partnerships and to establish new ones in areas relevant to our research and teaching.
Curtin is a vibrant international institution with an exciting future and I invite you to join with us as we move forward.
Curtin was established in 1966 as the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT). It gained university status and was renamed Curtin University of Technology in 1987. John Curtin, from whom the University takes its name, is widely considered to be one of the country's greatest leaders. He was Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945, when he died in office.
Regardless of who you are or where you come from, you'll find Curtin to be a friendly and relaxed place where respect for one another is a part of everyday life. Curtin is a culturally diverse community where you will be accepted and treated fairly. The sheer population of the University means that there is not one definitive culture across the campuses but many, contributing to a lively environment where everyone is included. Curtin University prides itself on being recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in education and research.
As a student at Curtin College, you will study on campus at Curtin University, allowing you to get involved in university life from day one. You will also be entitled to access additional facilities on campus, including the libraries and purpose built Curtin Stadium.
At Curtin, everything is designed with one overarching goal in mind: to have a positive effect on students and the wider community, providing students with a welcoming environment that's founded on four core values:
With more than 10,000 international students studying in Australia, Curtin offers a unique cross-cultural experience. Students become part of an international network that provides social and academic support for a lifetime. As a Curtin student, you can participate in a variety of multicultural events that occur throughout the year.
Curtin has the highest number of indigenous students of any university in Australia. Our indigenous students come from all over the country to study at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and we strive to provide relevant academic and personal support, as well as a strong sense of community.
Curtin is committed to ensuring that students with family responsibilities have full access to education, employment and other services. Curtin has a family-friendly environment to study and work by offering services to assist parents.
Curtin makes every effort to ensure that students with disabilities are able to participate in the same learning experience as students without disabilities. Over the years we've significantly improved our parking facilities, graded pathways, automated doorways, lifts, rest areas, toilet facilities and signage.
Curtin is a university with a global outlook. With well established campuses in Singapore and Malaysia, Curtin has more than 46,000 students studying all over the world. This includes over 10,000 international students from 120 countries.
Curtin is one of only two Western Australian universities to rank in the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong Annual Ranking of World Universities (2011) and the Times Higher Education's 2011-2012 world university rankings. The 2012 Quacuarelli Symonds World Universities Ranking by Subject have listed Curtin among the top 200 universities in the world across nine categories, up from five in 2011. Curtin was named among the top 100 institutions in Chemical Engineering; Earth and Marine Sciences; Statistics and Operational Research; Education; and Accounting and Finance.
Curtin's MBA program received five stars from the Good Universities Guide 2012 for its corporate links and staff academic qualifications, and four stars for size of management facility and chances of getting a job.