Curtin University was founded in 1966 as the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT). Its nucleus comprised the tertiary programs of the Perth Technical College, which opened in 1900.
Curtin University’s current site in Bentley was selected in 1962, and officially opened in 1966. The first students enrolled the following year.
In 1969, three more institutions were merged with WAIT: the Western Australian School of Mines (opened in 1902), the Muresk Agricultural College (opened in 1926), and the Schools of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (in operation since the 1950s at Shenton Park). Between 1966 and 1976 WAIT experienced an expansion from 2,000 to 10,000 students.
In December 1986 the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) was made a university, under provisions of the WA Institute of Technology Amendment Act 1986. Curtin University took its name from the former Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin. Curtin accepted its first students as a university in 1987.
In 2005, Curtin and Murdoch University were engaged in a feasibility study into the possibility of a merger.
However, on 7 November 2005, both institutions announced that a merger would not be undertaken.
In 2009, Curtin became the first university in the Australian Technology Network to be listed on the Academic Ranking of World Universities of research universities
In 2010, Curtin dropped the “of Technology” suffix, from then operating as “Curtin University”. The legal name remains Curtin University of Technology until the Act under which it operates is amended by the Western Australian government.
Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Science and Engineering
In April 2017 Curtin University established its newest campus in Dubai at Dubai International Academic City. Australian Ambassador to the UAE HE Arthur Spyrou officially opened the campus on 10 September 2017. Curtin University Dubai courses use the same structure and unit curriculum as those offered at the Bentley campus.
Curtin University Dubai is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority-KHDA. The Academic qualifications granted by Curtin University is certified by KHDA and is recognised in the Emirate of Dubai by all public and private entities.