It is the largest university in Western Australia, with over 40,000 students (as of 2012).
Curtin was conferred University status after the legislation was passed by the State Government of Western Australia in 1986. Since then, the University has been actively expanding its global presence and currently has campuses in Sydney, Singapore, and Sarawak. Being a leading global institution, it has forged close ties with 90 exchange universities in more than 20 countries. The University comprises 5 main faculties with over 95 specialists centres.
Curtin is one of only two Western Australian universities to rank in the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong Annual Ranking of World Universities (2011). It is also one of the two Western Australian universities to rank in the Times Higher Education’s 2011-2012 world university rankings. Curtin is ranked within the top 300 universities by QS World University Rankings 2011/12. The University is also ranked in The Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2010 (ARWU) as one of the top 500 world universities.