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 to our establishment in the 1960s.
Curtin University welcomes its first cohort of 60 undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery students at the official opening of the Curtin Medical School.
Curtin University moves up more than 100 places in the QS World University Rankings, and into the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide.
The Curtin Law School is launched.
More than 50,000 students attend Curtin’s campuses, with around 35% from countries other than Australia.
Curtin University of Technology is shortened to Curtin University to reflect the breadth of our education and research.
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.
Curtin Singapore opens its doors.
Our Sydney campus is established.
Our first offshore campus, Curtin Sarawak, opens its doors as the first foreign campus in East Malaysia.
Over 31,000 students now attend Curtin.
Curtin begins teaching in Sarawak, Malaysia through partner institutions.
Taken from the writings of John Curtin, the words “look ever forward” become our official university motto.
Student enrolments top 18,000.
Curtin accepts its first students as a university.
WAIT is reborn as Curtin University of Technology, named after the former Australian Prime Minister John Curtin.
Just under 10,000 students attend WAIT.
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.
Nearly 3,000 students attend WAIT during its first year.
WAIT officially opens.
The State Government approves the establishment of the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT).