Curtin University

Curtin is Western Australia’s largest university, welcoming 58,000 students. In addition to our main campus in Perth, we have campuses in Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore. In 2017, we celebrated “50 Years of Innovation”, recognising the strides we have made in evolving from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (1967–1986) to the sophisticated global university we are today.

Curtin leads a number of major international research projects and is involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations.

Our growing reputation has seen us rapidly rise up the international rankings in recent years. In 2017, we were ranked among the top one percent of the world’s universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.


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Excess dopamine activity is not the only neurological change seen in patients with schizophrenia. Image from

Why we shouldn’t ditch the quest for new schizophrenia drugs

The landscape of pharmaceutical development for mental disorders has changed over recent years, with pharma companies abandoning traditional neuroscience drug discovery programs and turning instead to…
Is your social capital worth a free lunch? Research shows only certain types of people benefit from networking opportunities. Silverstone

When going Dutch means a free lunch: how Australians could build social capital

We’re often told networking is essential to our careers, but how many people actually use their contacts? Perhaps filling a LinkedIn or Facebook profile is more of a comfort feeling than a useful resource…
Traditionally, states have been responsible for universities while the commonwealth holds the purse strings. But that could all change. Higher education image from

Taking over universities: will the Commonwealth be a better master than the states?

Before this year’s federal election, then-opposition leader Tony Abbott promised an approach to higher education policy that would be characterised by “masterly inactivity”. Since then, education minister…
Body language can affect workplace morale. massdistraction

Body talk: how body language affects workplace morale

A council in Western Australia recently prohibited negative body language such as shrugging, eye-rolling and sighing in the workplace, but a blanket ban on certain gestures is destined to fail. Body language…
Treasurer Joe Hockey has blocked the A$3.4 billion bid by US giant Archer Daniel Midlands for GrainCorp. AAP

Hockey kills GrainCorp takeover by ADM: experts react

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has rejected the proposed takeover of GrainCorp by US grain handling giant Archer Daniels Midland, arguing the takeover would not be in the public interest. Mr Hockey said…

Over the hill or top of the pops?

As Aussie ex-pat and veteran British radio DJ Alan Freeman would have put it, greetings pop-pickers, and this weeks top of the shop in the United Kingdom album hit parade is Mr. Robbie Williams with Sinatra-pastiche…
Nursing homes, and the people who care for the elderly, would benefit if there was less of a taboo around talking about dirty business. AAP/Alan Porritt

We need to talk about dirty work, and what it’s worth

A recent survey found 73% of aged care workers in Australia did dirty work, coming into contact with bodily products. These products that are normal – we all poo and bleed – but taboos surrounding dirty…
Workers fly in and out of mines like this one in the Pilbara, bringing financial security but anxiety to their local communities. AAP/Rebecca Le May

Fly-in fly-out worth the pain, for some: study

The high profile phenomenon of fly-in fly-out workers has gained widespread attention as a unique social phenomenon since the start of the mineral boom – and it has major implications for the well-being…
Along with pictures and samples from Mars’ surface, meteorites provide great insight into the planet’s geological history. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre

Sparkling meteorite provides a glimpse of Martian history

Our interest in our near-neighbour Mars – the hope of finding life there, or of possibly colonising it in the future – has driven several orbiting missions to the planet. These produced very detailed maps…
Device 6 is an interesting and intriguing entry to the indie games market. Simogo

Review: Device 6 is no tired blockbuster videogame

We live in exciting times for videogame development. The rapidly growing indie game scene has started to provide an antidote to the creative stagnation of the now mature videogame industry. One such game…
The Australian health care system wastes the contribution of nurse practitioners. DIBP Images

Australia could do so much more with its nurse practitioners

Nurse practitioners provide a level of health services beyond that of registered nurses. They diagnose and treat health conditions, order and interpret blood and radiology tests, and prescribe medications…
From China to the world: Chinese companies have relied on business-to-business sales, and haven’t developed well-known brands. EPA/Adrian Bradshaw

Manufacturing powerhouse China lagging on brand awareness

China manufactures an enormous amount of consumer goods. Its value to the global economy is estimated to be around US$7 trillion. But stigmatised as low cost, low quality products, Chinese brands have…
We’ve known about the energetic jets that spew matter from black holes for nearly a century, but what are they made of? NASA

Cosmic jets: what’s shooting out of black holes?

While we tend to think of black holes as giant cosmic vacuum cleaners, it’s not all one-way travel. As gas falls in towards a black hole, it spirals gradually inwards like water going down a plug hole…
Australia’s universities places are increasing rapidly but students could get caught between the universities and their budget bottom line. University image from

Capping uni funding would be a lose-lose for everyone

Melbourne University’s Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis has called on the federal government to reform the university funding system and allow universities to “decide their own student profiles within the funding…
Music affects all of us – even in utero. Petar

The rhythm of life

Music psychologist and jazz pianist David Hargreaves of Roehampton University is probably the only professor to have opened the bill for Chuck Berry. But last week he beat even that. At a time when the…
Young people are harbouring misconceptions about climate change. But what can be done about it? Thinking image

What do young people really know about climate change?

The next generation will be the ones to feel the increasing effects of climate change. But how much do they really know about it? After all, it’s one thing to say: yes, I believe in climate change. But…

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