Professor Deborah Terry AO
- Perth (Bentley and Perth City)
Curtin University was established in Perth in 1986 and named after former Prime Minister John Curtin, who once said the great university should “look ever forward”.
Since then, Curtin’s footprint has expanded to include campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius. Its 56,000 students come from around the world and enjoy access to outstanding facilities, high-quality teaching and courses shaped by industry.
Ranked among the best
In 2017, Curtin climbed into the top one per cent of tertiary institutions in the Academic Ranking of World Universities – a position it has held since.
Curtin is Western Australia’s most preferred university for undergraduates, holding a market share of 51 per cent of the state’s undergraduate applicants in 2018.
In the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Curtin ranked second in the world for mineral and mining engineering. It also ranked in the top 100 universities in seven other subjects: architecture/built environment; earth and marine sciences; chemical engineering; civil and construction engineering; development studies; education; and sports-related subjects.
A global education
Curtin students receive a globally relevant education that encourages them to develop an intercultural awareness, question traditional ideas and take advantage of a variety of exchange opportunities.
Curtin maintains strong partnerships with some of the world’s most reputable institutions to advance its teaching and research. In 2016, it formed an alliance with the historic University of Aberdeen in Scotland to leverage the strengths and industry networks of both universities, particularly in energy research.
Research and development
Curtin’s rapid rise up the international rankings can largely be attributed to its research performance across a range of endeavours. It leads a number of major international research projects and is involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations, including the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Centre for Crop and Disease Management and Innovation Central Perth.
Curtin students can access a range of industry placements and technology-rich learning environments that recreate real workplaces – such as a simulated hospital ward, stock market trading room and digital marketing agency – to gain a competitive edge in the job market.