Curtin University, formerly known as Curtin University of Technology and Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), is an Australian public research university based in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia. It is named after John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945, and is the largest university in Western Australia, with 59,939 students in 2021.
Curtin was conferred university status after legislation was passed by the Parliament of Western Australia in 1986. Since then, the university has expanded its presence and has campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius, and has ties with 90 exchange universities in 20 countries. The university comprises five main faculties with over 95 specialists centres. It had a campus in Sydney from 2005 to 2016.
Curtin University is a member of the Australian Technology Network. Curtin University is active in research in a range of academic and practical fields. Curtin is the only Western Australian university whose students have won the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering’s Postgraduate Student Gold Medal as at 2020.
From 2007, the university’s teaching and research is divided into five faculties (previously known as divisions), which each include a number of schools. These schools were consolidated in 2020 during a period of staff cuts. These are:
- Centre for Aboriginal Studies
- Faculty of Business and Law
- School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
- School of Management and Marketing
- Curtin Law School
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Curtin Medical School
- Curtin School of Allied Health
- Curtin School of Nursing
- Curtin School of Population Health
- Faculty of Humanities
- School of Design and the Built Environment
- School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
- School of Education
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
- School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
- School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
- School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences
- School of Molecular and Life Sciences
- Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals and Energy Engineering