Our organisational evolution

Curtin University has made a bold mark on the educational landscape, in Western Australia and beyond.

Drawing on the rich history of technical education provided over many decades by the Perth Technical School, the University was first established as the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) in 1967 to serve the state’s post-war educational needs.

Rapid growth and expansion – and the tenacity of its very progressive leader, Don Watts – saw WAIT evolve into Curtin University of Technology in 1987. This name would be later be contracted to Curtin University to further reflect the organisation’s evolving profile.

Curtin is now the State’s largest and most multicultural university with a strong international profile and footprint.

Its practical, progressive and inclusive reputation can be tracked throughout its history and is still very much in evidence today.