Curtin University: Changing the game in science and engineering
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Curtin University: Changing the game in science and engineering

“Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” – James A. Michener

Curtin University is place of inspiration and innovation. Located in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, it’s home to curious minds who work together to make tomorrow’s world better than today’s. As Western Australia’s largest university, with campuses in Singapore and Malaysia and Kalgoorlie, Curtin is providing world-standard education to more than 60,000 students, 16,000 of whom derive from overseas.

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, and currently comes in tenth in the Times Higher Education Most International Universities ranking for 2015. Students from every corner of the globe flock to Curtin to pursue a world-class education, and take advantage of Australia’s industry boom.

“There are significant commercial opportunities in sectors where Australia has specific strengths and expertise, such as agribusiness, resources and energy, and financial services,” states Why Australia, 2016’s benchmark report from the Australian Trade Commission.

“Australia’s world-class scientific and academic institutions, and commitment to research and development encourage[s] innovation and the commercialisation of new technologies.

“There is no better partner for trade, investment and collaboration than Australia.”


In its first-quarter summary of the global engineering and construction (E&C) industries in 2016, PwC – the world’s largest professional services firm – revealed that deal activity within the sector has significantly improved, with both volume and value receiving a boost throughout this preliminary period.

“On a segment basis, first-quarter 2016 activity was driven by construction and construction materials manufacturing industries, which jointly accounted for more than 60 percent of the overall deal volume,” the report notes.

“A significant increase in construction deals drove 38 percent of the first quarter’s volume, compared to 31 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.”

PwC notes that Asia and Oceania remain the world’s largest regional acquirers, accounting for more than 50 percent of the deals announced in Q1 of 2016. The report states how several indicators suggest that the deal environment will continue to improve throughout the course of the year, and equity markets will also continue to advance.

And with world-class, industry-specific programmes taught by expert faculty with real-world experience in the field, there is no better place to study than at Curtin University – an institution that’s changing the game in global science and engineering.

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Students who join the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University benefit from global industry partnerships and opportunities, as well as a professional and interactive learning environment.

As Western Australia’s largest and most culturally rich university, hosting the third-largest international student population in the country, Curtin University is a leader in Science and Engineering research and collaboration.

Classes are held in the purpose-built Curtin Resources and Chemistry precinct and the Curtin Engineering Pavilion complex. These are sophisticated, stimulating and above all creative learning environments that offer problem-based learning and group co-operation, as well as the opportunity to share ideas with industry.

With specialised courses in fields like Mining, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering, Curtin prepares its trainee engineers for long and successful careers. In all courses, students apply knowledge and skills within a real-world, professional setting; in some, students have access to some of Australia’s largest gold mines and nickel producers through Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines. No matter which path you choose, Curtin’s dedicated academics to lead you through, ensuring you will gain the knowledge and up-to-date experience relevant to your chosen career.

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When Postgrad Petroleum Engineering student Alistair realised he was interested in upstream engineering after finishing four years of study in the downstream sector, for example, he thought his dreams for exploration and production could be over before they had even begun. But rather than let it get him down, the graduate engineer thought he’d take a look what other options could be open to him.

“I started searching around for courses at various Unis, then found the one at Curtin and read up on it,” he said. “I liked what I saw.”

The Department of Petroleum Engineering at Curtin provides a unique blend of academic excellence and industry expertise within the oil and gas industry.

“Rather than doing a whole other undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering, which would have taken three or four years, I was able to do the postgraduate in one and a half years,” Alistair said. “All I needed was a transcript and confirmation of my past degree in Chemical Engineering. It was an easy process to transfer over.”

With members of the faculty boasting a proven track record and many years’ experience in the complex petroleum industry, the department provided a firm theoretical base alongside a practical approach, allowing Alistair to effectively solve real-life industrial problems.

“The staff were really friendly and I got on with them really well. It’s a bit of a different relationship when you’re an undergraduate student compared with when you’re a postgraduate, and I thought that relationship was really good,” he said.

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All of the academics at Curtin’s petroleum department possess research qualifications at Doctorate level in subjects that span both the pure Science and the Engineering disciplines. This far-reaching range of talent is used to tackle specific problems in the petroleum industry, and promotes an applied environment for the supervision of Masters and PhD students. The emphasis here is on developing graduates with the skills industry requires as quickly and comprehensively as possible.

“The postgraduate lecturers were really good. They had really good industry experience, which is really important,” Alistair said. “I got the theory and then managed to get an internship job while I was still at [Curtin], with Woodside Energy, and from that I got offered a job straight away.”

Alistair fully believes that he never would have landed on the path to the right career without the help, support and guidance of the dedicated staff at Curtin. Not only that, but his life would not be enriched with the industry connections, or opportunities for global travel, if it were not for his engineering degree from Curtin.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I made friends that I’ll keep forever, from all around the world. I still keep in touch with them. Some are working on oil fields in the Middle East, to the Gulf of Mexico, to Canada, [even] to Russia, and I think I’ll always have those friendships.”


This article was sponsored by Curtin University, located in Perth, Western Australia’s beautiful capital. The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a range of science and engineering programs, providing the knowledge and real-world skills needed to forge a better future. 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.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving students around the world the opportunity to pursue their ambitions and gain a world-class education. Through the Merit Scholarship, Curtin welcomes eligible students who are citizens of Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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