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History

Named in honour of John Curtin, former Prime Minister of Australia, Curtin University is a modern, global institution with campuses across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. This timeline traces our history back more to our establishment in the 1960s.

2014

Curtin University moves up more than 100 places in the QS World University Rankings, and into the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide.

2012

More than 50,000 students attend Curtin’s campuses, with around 35% from countries other than Australia.

2010

Curtin University of Technology is shortened to Curtin University to reflect the breadth of our education and research.

2009

The Resources and Chemistry Precinct opens on the Perth campus. It is a powerful and unique collaboration between university, government and industry that aims to take education and research to the next level by attracting world-class researchers and students to Curtin.

2008

Curtin Singapore opens its doors.

2005

Our Sydney campus is established.

2002

Our first offshore campus, Curtin Sarawak, opens its doors as the first foreign campus in East Malaysia.

2001

Over 31,000 students now attend Curtin.

1999

Curtin begins teaching in Sarawak, Malaysia through partner institutions.

1996

Taken from the writings of John Curtin, the words “look ever forward” become our official university motto.

1991

Student enrolments top 18,000.

1987

Curtin accepts its first students as a university.

1986

WAIT is reborn as Curtin University of Technology, named after the former Australian Prime Minister John Curtin.

1974

Just under 10,000 students attend WAIT.

1969

Three institutions are merged with WAIT: The Western Australian School of Mines (originally opened in 1902), the Muresk Agricultural College (dating from 1926) and Schools of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

1967

Nearly 3,000 students attend WAIT during its first year.

1966

WAIT officially opens.

1960

The State Government approves the establishment of the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT).

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