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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. In 2011 it became Curtin University.

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.

Learn more about Curtin’s history



Curtin had 53,617 students in 2014.

Image showing total Curtin Enrolments 2010 - 2014
Total Curtin Enrolments (2010 - 2014)
Image showing Curtin Enrolments by Course Level
Curtin Enrolments by Course Level (2010 - 2014)

* Statistics taken from Curtin University Annual Report 2014


Bentley WAMajority of Curtin courses offered
Kalgoorlie WAMining education
MalaysiaIdentical to courses delivered at Bentley
Margaret River WAViticulture and oenology
Perth WAPostgraduate business courses
Shenton Park WAFour health research institutes
SingaporeBusiness health sciences and mass communication courses
Sydney NSWCourses from the field of business
Curtin OnlineCurtin 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 2014, Curtin awarded more than 400 scholarships, amounting to approximately $2 million.


Curtin has over 90 exchange partnerships with universities in more than 20 countries.


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

Student numbers3 00013 00053 617
Staff numbers2541 6034 020
AwardsAssociateship Postgraduate DiplomaAssociate Diploma Diploma Bachelor Degree Graduate Diploma Master DegreeAssociate Degree Bachelor Degree Graduate Certificate Graduate Diploma Postgraduate Diploma Master Degree Master of Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy