Founded in 1986, Curtin University is a public research university located in Bentley, a suburb of Perth in Western Australia.
It claims to be Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university, with more than 30,000 students from over 130 countries.
The university’s name derives from the former Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin. He held office during World War II, but died just weeks before the conflict’s end.
Curtin University has adopted the philosophy of its namesake, who said: “The great university…should look ever forward; for it the past should be but a preparation for the greater days to be.”
As an internationally-focused institution, Curtin’s stated goal is to change minds, lives and the world through leadership, innovation and excellence in teaching and research.
In addition to its main campus in Perth, Curtin also has a presence in Sydney, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as education centres in regional Western Australia. It also has partnerships with over 90 institutions worldwide and boasts the third-largest international student population of any Australian university.
Curtin’s research strengths are concentrated in four broad areas: minerals and energy, ICT and emerging technologies, health and sustainable development.
It also has interests in more than 70 research centres and collaborations, including the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Energy, Australian Sustainable Development Institute and the Murchison Widefield Array.
The university offers more than 100 courses across science and engineering, health sciences, business and humanities. It is also involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and culture, supported by its Centre for Aboriginal Studies.
In between classes, Curtin students can enjoy a wide range of activities, including sports and fitness activities, social clubs and societies, volunteer work and events on campus.
The university is also aiming to develop its main campus into a cultural hub, where residents, students and businesses can live, work, study and play together as part of the ‘Curtin Master Plan’.