Curtin University

World University Rankings 2022
Young University Rankings 2021
Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, Western Australia, WA 6102, Australia

About Curtin University

Curtin is a future-focused university based in Perth, Australia, with campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

The University is recognised for its strengths in teaching and research innovation, which is reflected in its standing as Western Australia’s top public university for graduate employment.


Curtin offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across 10 diverse study areas:

Agriculture, environment and sustainability

Architecture and construction

Arts and creative industries

Business, management and law

Culture, society and Indigenous


Engineering, mining and related technologies


Information technology

Physical sciences and mathematics


Known as an industry-connected university, Curtin has high-profile partnerships in astronomy and planetary science; energy and sustainability; economics and mineral resources; and health.



Curtin’s international expansion and strong research focus have seen the University rise rapidly in international rankings. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2021), Curtin ranks in the 201–250th band – rising two bands in only three years – and ranks 34th in the Young University Rankings (2020).

Overall, the current Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2020) places Curtin in the top one per cent of universities globally.


Global connections

Curtin’s global expansion of campuses, education partnerships and industry collaborations reflect its future-focused outlook.

As well as offering courses at Curtin Perth and its four international campuses, the University delivers courses through 90+ partner institutions worldwide. Curtin is a member of the MOOC (massive open online course) provider edX, founded by Harvard University and MIT, which allows people anywhere in the world to study Curtin short courses for free.



Curtin leads major national or international research projects in minerals and energy, data analytics, sustainable development, health sciences, agriculture and astronomy.

Originally established (in 1967) as the Western Australian Institute of Technology, Curtin has long focused on research to provide technical innovation for industry. Since gaining university status in 1987, the University has successfully increased its fundamental research programs to maintain a balance between research to address societal and industry issues, and research to extend human knowledge and understanding.

The University is involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations – including the high-profile Space Science and Technology Centre, the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

In the most recent national research assessment, Excellence in Research for Australia, Curtin performed strongly, with 95 per cent of its research areas assessed ‘at or above world-class level’. Watch Curtin University's research video.



Curtin promotes work-integrated and immersive learning experiences in its courses. It has established several ‘real-world’ learning facilities to enable its students to graduate with skills and knowledge linked directly to the workplace. These facilities include a simulated hospital ward, a simulated classroom, the Management HQ, and the Jeanette Hacket Moot Court at Curtin Law School.

Numerous Curtin degrees have national and international accreditation. Curtin also promotes industry placements, leadership programs and volunteering opportunities for its students, to provide them with a sound advantage for the competitive job market. 



Curtin has a history of supporting research innovation and entrepreneurship through startup companies. Examples include the Scanalyse technology for monitoring mine site equipment, the HiSeis 3D seismic technology for mineral exploration, and iCetana smart video surveillance software.

Campus life

With 116 hectares of landscaped gardens close to the Canning River, Curtin Perth is an attractive, large and lively campus. The University offers many sports and fitness groups, social clubs and societies, and campus social events.

At the northern end of the campus, Curtin is currently building an integrated community, research, industry and accommodation precinct known as Exchange.

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Key statistics

  • 20.7
    No. of students per staff
  • 32%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 52 : 48
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 30,221
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2022 World University Rankings