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Facts and figures

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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.



  • Curtin had 50,106 students in 2012.

* Statistics taken from Curtin University Annual Report 2012


Location Focus
Bentley, WA Majority of Curtin courses offered
Kalgoorlie, WA Mining education
Malaysia Identical to courses delivered at Bentley
Margaret River, WA Viticulture and oenology
Perth, WA Postgraduate business courses
Shenton Park, WA Four health research institutes
Singapore Business, health sciences and mass communication courses
Sydney, NSW Courses from the field of business
Curtin Online
Curtin courses delivered fully online

In addition to these locations, we deliver select courses in humanities and business through several Western Australian regional centres including Albany, Geraldton and Port Hedland.

If you're considering studying at Curtin, our course pages contain information on where courses are delivered. Alternatively, contact Curtin Business School or the Faculty of Humanities for more information on what's available at our regional centres.


At Curtin, excellent learning and teaching is founded on and aspires to:

  1. Student learning through an outcomes-focused approach
  2. Flexibility and innovation
  3. Creative and appropriate applications of technology
  4. Appreciation of cultural diversity
  5. Research-based pedagogical practices

To compete and excel in the increasingly dynamic higher education sector, Curtin has implemented the Curriculum 2010 project, a three-year program to revitalise the University's academic offerings.


Our research activities are concentrated around four areas of expertise:


Our partnerships with industry and government provide:

  • enhanced research capability from which Curtin and its partners can benefit
  • increased access to resources, learning and knowledge
  • more competitive offerings to students and external clients.

Curtin currently participates in 16 Cooperative Research Centres (CRC); 13 as a Core Partner and three as a Supporting Participant.

Curtin has been involved in several CSIRO national Research Flagships, including Wealth from the Oceans, Water for a Healthy Country, Light Metals, Energy Transformed, and Food Futures Flagship. The national Research Flagships are large-scale, multidisciplinary research partnerships that harness world-class expertise to tackle national research priorities.

Learn more about our partnerships


In 2007, Curtin awarded more than 300 scholarships, amounting to approximately $2 million.



  • The Curtin bus terminal has the second-highest usage of any terminal in Perth, with more than 500 buses stopping each weekday during semester. Learn more about transport to Curtin.

Then and now: a comparison

1967 1987 2012
Student numbers 3,000 13,000 50,106
Staff numbers 254 1,603 3,689
Campuses 1 5 9
Awards Associateship
Associate Diploma
Bachelor Degree
Graduate Diploma
Master Degree
Associate Degree
Bachelor Degree
Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma
Postgraduate Diploma
Master Degree
Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
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On the side

The Curtin logo draws inspiration from the old Western Australian Institute of Technology logo designed in 1968, which was based on a tetrahedron. The shield was adopted in keeping with a common convention among universities.