Curtin University has started a global search for our next Vice-Chancellor.

Lead Australia's pre-eminent young global university

Curtin University has started a global search for our next Vice-Chancellor. We are an innovative global university known for our focus on technology, high-impact research, strong industry partnerships and commitment to preparing our students for the jobs and work of the future. We are Western Australia’s largest and most preferred university with multiple campuses in Perth along with our prestigious School of Mines located in Kalgoorlie. We are also a fast-growing global institution with well-established campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and Dubai. Curtin boasts a rich and broad diversity of cultures across our students, staff, partners and the communities we are committed to serve.

This is an outstanding opportunity to lead one of Australia’s most ambitious and dynamic young universities into our next chapter, to enhance academic performance, to provide our students and staff with an environment second to none, and to drive innovation and excellence for the public good. 

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Curtin at a Glance


Curtin’s existing strategy has provided a pathway for our university to position itself as a leading global university, ensuring that we:
  • strengthen our capacity to be future looking;

  • maintain a focus on excellence in everything we do;

  • strive to be both industry-facing and industry-embedded;

  • deepen our well-established culture of innovation;

  • build life-long connections with an engaged alumni;

  • further support our students, staff and community to promote the importance of our First Nations' people and history, drive gender equity, and contribute to a fairer and more just society for all; and

  • above all, be led by our five values of Integrity, Respect, Courage, Excellence and Impact.

As we get ready for our next phase, we are proud of having lived up to our ambitions set out four years ago in our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. The incoming Vice-Chancellor now has the opportunity to lead the finalisation of our next strategic chapter in collaboration with their internal and external university partners. We are confident in the path we have forged until now – in particular, our approach to global positioning, our engagement with, and service for, partners across sectors and communities and our aspiration to continue to drive excellence in research and teaching. We now look forward to our new Vice-Chancellor both realising the potential of existing strategic initiatives, and to developing new avenues to further advance our culture of teaching and research innovation and our mission “to make tomorrow better”.

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Research and Innovation

Striving to “make tomorrow better”, we aim to strike a balance between demand-driven research, which solves defined problems for industry and society, and researcher-driven research, which is characterised by a desire to push the limits of understanding.
We are ranked 2nd in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering (QS 2019) and 9th in Australia and 284th in the world in the scientific performance-weighted CWTS Leiden Ranking (2019). Our research excellence and activity spans multidisciplinary areas including Oil and Gas Innovation, Crop Disease Management, Artificial Intelligence, Child Health and Astronomy (including our contribution to the c. $1 billion Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest telescope, 800km north of Perth).

Our research strategy comprises the following five areas:

  1. Supporting, profiling and building scale in key areas of research strength.

  2. Identifying and enabling areas of emerging research capability.

  3. Fostering a strong performance culture for research, enhanced by analytics and targeted support programs.

  4. Improving our postgraduate research outcomes and establishing an innovative Curtin PhD framework.

  5. Securing our position and deepening our capacity in knowledge exchange and commercialisation.


Research Examples

Western Australian Energy Research 


As a founding member of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance, Curtin researchers at the Curtin Centre for Oil and Gas Innovation are working with global companies such as Woodside, Chevron and Shell to ensure the world’s oil and gas energy sources are discovered and brought into production at low cost, with the lowest environmental impact possible. 

The Carbon Scout

Developed by Curtin researchers, the Carbon Scout – a device to improve gold recovery – was refined through field trials with the world’s third-largest gold mining company, AngloGold Ashanti, and then licensed to Gekko Systems in 2016.

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre 

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre is an independent economic and social research organisation located within the Curtin Business School. Established in 2012 through the generous support of Bankwest, a division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the Centre’s research and engagement activities are designed to influence economic and social policy debates in state and Federal Parliament, regional and national media, and the wider Australian community.



The Space Science and Technology Centre at Curtin collaborates with world leaders in the space sector including ESA, JAXA and Lockheed Martin. The centre is home to the largest planetary research group in the Southern Hemisphere. It has expertise in areas including lunar and planetary impact craters, and comparative planetology.


Innovation Central Perth is led by Cisco with partners Curtin, Woodside and CSIRO’s Data61. With links to advanced facilities and a global industry network, the centre brings together start-ups, industry experts, developers and researchers to create innovative solutions that foster growth, provide jobs and build sustainable economies. 

Industry Partners

At the heart of both endeavours are strong academic and industry partnerships. Our industry partners include:


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Learning and Teaching

We are proud to have a diverse student body and our strong commitment to inclusiveness is a starting point for our learning strategies. Curtin is now the university of choice in Western Australia for high achieving and highly promising students from all backgrounds. We welcome students through multiple entry pathways, providing accelerated entry opportunities and scholarships. 

Recognising the demand for lifelong learning, we are shaping our postgraduate offerings to be responsive and flexible to meet individual and industry needs and to strengthen our postgraduate profile. 

Curtin embraces disruption and as new technologies are changing the way students learn and access knowledge, we deliver flexible and personalised educational offerings across on-campus, digital and blended delivery modes. Regardless of location, Curtin provides students with seamless, high quality experiences, underpinned by innovative curriculum design and new teaching approaches.

Our deep collaborations with industry help our students develop the skills that will be so important to their ongoing professional and personal development, such as leadership, creativity and entrepreneurship. In addition, our global footprint and positioning offers international experiences that will develop students’ intercultural competencies and global perspectives.



Curtin is a global university, with campuses in WESTERN AUSTRALIA, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE, DUBAI and MAURITIUS, as well as partnerships with more than 130 institutions worldwide.
Our strategy emphasizes our ambition to connect and collaborate across campuses in both teaching and research and to embed all Curtin localities in our day-to-day practices and our operating philosophy.
We have a comprehensive global market strategy to ensure we remain a university of choice for international students – whether they choose to enrol in Australia, at our offshore campuses, or engage with us online.
Curtin maintains strong, collaborative relationships with some of the most reputable institutions and organisations in the world to advance our teaching and research.

The University of Aberdeen

The Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance was established in 2017, combining 500 years of academic strength, history and tradition at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen with the youth, ambition and innovation of Curtin. It delivers high-impact research and innovative coursework programs across business, health sciences, medicine, engineering, energy and creative arts. It also incorporates the Global Energy Institute, to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector.

Fudan University

The China Australia Writing Centre is a collaborative international program led jointly by Curtin and Fudan University in Shanghai. The centre brings together cross-disciplinary expertise from both institutions, including expertise in creative writing, literature studies, historical writing and journalism.

Stanford University

Curtin has signed an agreement with California’s prestigious Stanford University, allowing nominated business students to attend the Stanford International Honors Program. The annual, eight-week summer program gives students the opportunity to learn from leading business scholars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs



Over the years, Curtin’s physical expansion has mirrored our forward-looking nature and responsiveness to the changing needs of our students, staff, partners and the broader communities we serve. 


Curtin’s largest campus is located six kilometres south-east of central Perth in the suburb of Bentley. Since its establishment in 1967, the 116 hectare campus has undergone some very significant changes, with striking new buildings now interspersed with the brutalist architecture that defined its earlier years. Our new industry-connected precinct named 'Exchange' is a new hub to bring education, industry and community together. It reflects our vision to serve as the catalyst for innovation in Western Australia by combining technology-driven collaborative learning spaces with commercial offices as well as student accommodation, residential apartments and retail outlets. The $500 million first stage of construction is due for completion in 2022.


We also operate, and seek to grow, our presence from four refurbished heritage buildings in the Perth central business district. On Murray Street, the Curtin Graduate Business School delivers postgraduate business courses and the nearby Curtin Law School prepares students for the legal profession in close proximity to Perth’s law courts and practice. On St Georges Terrace two adjacent buildings are used to deliver continuing and professional development programs, postgraduate courses and public events. 


Curtin’s Kalgoorlie campus is around 600 km east of Perth, in the heart of the Goldfields region of Western Australia. It is the base of operations for the globally renowned WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering. Courses in health sciences, education and commerce can also be studied in Kalgoorlie through flexible study options.


Curtin Malaysia, situated on the north-west coast of Sarawak, opened in 1999 and was the first foreign university campus to be set up on the island of Borneo; a reflection of our reputation for excellence in South-East Asia. 


Curtin Singapore, which opened in 2008, gives students access to a flexible, superb education in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Students  enjoy high-quality facilities, highly qualified staff, innovative teaching methods and close links with industry practitioners. 


Curtin Dubai, opened in 2017, provides flexible access to highly regarded programs for students in the Middle East, India, Africa and Central Asia, and will provide opportunities for students from other Curtin campuses to complete part of their studies in this dynamic global hub. 


In 2018, Charles Telfair Institute (CTI), located at Moka, south-east of the Mauritian capital Port Louis, became an official campus of Curtin University. It is the latest evolution of a fourteen-year partnership with CTI, which had delivered Curtin courses to more than 2,300 students in the island nation.


Living in Perth

Perth – known as Boorloo by the Whadjuk Nyungar people – is a safe, prosperous and multicultural city set against the stunning backdrop of the Swan River. Australia’s fourth-largest city, Perth is also its sunniest state capital and has lower living costs than Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. It shares a time zone with a quarter of the world’s population, including global cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Optus Stadium, a new multipurpose venue, won the Prix Versailles 2019 Sports Award and was awarded the title of the most beautiful sporting facility in the world. Yagan Square, named after a 19th century Nyungar leader, is a meeting point for many, offering easy access to both new and established restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs, and a variety of global cuisine. Along the riverside, Elizabeth Quay offers many exciting seasonal events, while the Perth Festival is the oldest international arts festival in Australia.

Kings Park is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world and showcases more than 3,000 species of WA’s unique flora. Caversham Wildlife Park has many Australian animals, including kangaroos you can handfeed. Only a short drive from the CBD are many iconic beaches such as Scarborough and Cottesloe. The idyllic Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride away, is one of the world’s last homes of the cute and friendly quokka.

In the Mediterranean climate of the south-west lies Margaret River, a world-class wine-making and surf region. In the north lies Ningaloo Reef, famous for its snorkel sites and whale shark tours. Further in the tropical north, the Kimberley Region boasts a stunning array of ancient gorges and national parks.


How to Apply

For further information and initial enquiries please contact the executive search firm Perrett Laver at or by telephone on +61 (0)2 8354 4017 for a confidential conversation. To apply please upload your curriculum vitae and supporting covering letter at quoting reference 4539.


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Curtin University has started a global search for our next Vice-Chancellor

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