Curtin University – Western Australia
Curtin University is place of inspiration and innovation. Located in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, it is home to curious minds, staff and students alike, who work together to make tomorrow better. As Western Australia’s largest university, and with campuses in Sydney, Singapore and Malaysia, Curtin is providing world-standard education to more than 50,000 students, 16,000 of whom are international.
Curtin is globally recognised for its strong industry connections and wide range of career-relevant courses. It is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014 and is the tenth most international university in the world according to the Times Higher Education 2014 Top 100 Most International Universities list.
The Curtin philosophy centres around giving students the knowledge and skills they need to meet industry and workplace standards. The university offers a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in a broad range of subjects.
Science and Engineering at Curtin
Throughout the ages, human beings have been curious about the world around them. Many things around us are products of science and engineering – derived from the Earth and developed by people who were, above all else, curious to see if it could be done. This is the essence of science and engineering.
Curtin’s Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a range of science and engineering programs, providing the knowledge and practical, real-world skills that are needed to engineer a better future. The engineering courses cover a range of specialities, including civil, mechanical, chemical, petroleum, electrical and mining engineering, and are offered at undergraduate, certificate, diploma, master and doctorate level. Many also feature the flexibility to build a multidisciplinary program through optional electives, so students can tailor their studies to their own interests.
Curtin’s engineering programs are professionally recognised in Australia and overseas and are regularly reviewed by specialists within industry. Industry advisory panels, site visits and guest lecturers also expose students to some of the industry’s top employers and the engineering community. Students also take 12 weeks of professional work experience to further develop their skills.
Curtin students benefit from the University’s global industry partnerships, and the professional and interactive environment the university cultivates. Industry professionals play a big part in the design of Curtin’s courses, which creates relevant programs that meet industry needs.
“We do research for the oil and gas industry and we know, like most of the operators, that most of the oil and gas companies are based in Perth so we have a lot of industry support and industry funding.”
Laura Machuca Suarez, Colombia – PhD in Applied Chemistry
Award-winning engineering foundation year
Curtin’s engineering course is a four-year bachelor degree with honours. The Bachelor of Engineering begins with the Engineering Foundation Year, an award-winning program that will develop understanding of fundamental concepts and skills common to all areas of engineering. Students are able to explore the range of engineering disciplines available to them before selecting their major from second year.
Living in Western Australia
International students at Curtin University are welcomed into a diverse community, where they can study in a multicultural and inclusive environment. There are opportunities to socialise through clubs and activities, such as surfing, dance and various sports as well as at weekly markets, food stalls, pop-up activities and performances. The Faculty of Science and Engineering in particular, is home to a number of student clubs such as the Curtin Motorsport Team, Curtin Robotics Club and the Women in Engineering Club.
Students moving to Perth may apply to live on campus in fully furnished university accommodation, comprising single bedrooms with shared facilities, or alternatively in house shares, boarding or rentals.
“Applying was easy. They gave me a lot of information and I decided to come to Australia because it is an exciting place to live.”
Gonzalo Ceron, Ecuador – Master of Petroleum Engineering