Curtin collaborates with some of the biggest companies globally to ensure our research and education is relevant and that you graduate highly employable. The 2015 Graduate Destination Survey indicated that close to 90 per cent of our students secured full or part-time employment upon the completion of their degree.
In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results, Curtin University was acknowledged for its national and international reputation for research excellence.
In total, twenty-six discipline areas at Curtin were rated above, or well above, world standard.
Curtin was awarded the highest rating of five (well above world standard) in the fields of astronomical and space science; physical chemistry, geochemistry, geology, crop and pasture production, electrical and electronic engineering, medical microbiology, nursing, and nutrition and dietetics. The results align with areas of key investment by the University.
Pride in diversity
Curtin has forged a strong reputation as one of the most diverse universities in Australia. At the national Pride in Diversity awards, Curtin has been named the highest-ranking university in Australia for LGBTI inclusion in the workplace for three years in a row (2013-2015).
Our diversity is supported by our Diverse Sexuality and Gender Identity Inclusion Strategy [.pdf – 47 kB] which focuses on enhancing the University’s inclusiveness of staff, students and community who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex.
Curtin is actively engaged in the project to create and support the world’s most powerful telescope: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Due to begin operations in 2020, the SKA will give astronomers new insight into the origins of the Universe, the role of cosmic magnetism, the nature of gravity and possibly even extraterrestrial life. Curtin’s involvement is via the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, a joint venture with The University of Western Australia.
Curtin currently leads the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) project, a precursor to the SKA, optimised for low-frequency radio waves. The MWA is performing large surveys of the entire Southern Hemisphere sky and acquiring deep observations on targeted regions.
Radio astronomy, supercomputing and data visualisation will remain research priorities for Curtin throughout the construction of the SKA and beyond.
Targeting crop disease
Curtin’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management is a $100 million dollar investment in research to combat Australia’s most damaging crop diseases, which cost the nation more than $200 million annually.
In addition to its research, the centre plays a key role in the University’s teaching programs, to ensure the Australian grains industry has the quality of science and agribusiness graduates it requires.