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Internationalisation at Curtin

Curtin University was an early leader in the field of international student recruitment in Australia. In 2011, Curtin enrolled more than 10,300 onshore international students from more than 110 countries, as well as 9100 offshore students. The University has developed extensive alliances to support its academic activities with major campuses in Sydney, Sarawak and Singapore, including partnerships with countries such as Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

Curtin's international plan aims to build on these achievements and to integrate an international inter-cultural and indigenous perspective into its activities, including research and development, teaching and learning, and management policies and systems. The primary objective is to provide a quality Australian qualification for all international students that are enrolled at Curtin. In doing so, Curtin also aims to provide a valuable experience that will provide lifelong benefits for Curtin's international students, and at the same time to take advantage of their presence to provide a culturally diverse learning dimension for the Australia students who study here.

Particular themes that the University is focused on include:

  • strengthening existing effective offshore programs and establishing collaborative campuses;
  • establishing and fostering strong relationships and collaboration with high–impact, research-intensive international universities;
  • developing a culture of internationalisation amongst all Curtin staff as part of the University's ongoing processes;
  • promoting strategies to increase the level of internationalisation within the curriculum in teaching and learning courses;
  • developing and implementing training programs to assist staff to understand diverse cultures; and
  • developing opportunities for staff and students to be involved with international community activities.