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Transforming Learning at Curtin

Flagship courses to help take Curtin to the world

12 March 2014

Curtin University is partnering with industry leaders to launch its first suite of flagship courses using a new teaching and learning model that will spearhead Curtin’s expansion into targeted global education markets.

The courses represent Curtin’s faculties of business, humanities, health sciences and engineering, and include fields ranging from sub-sea engineering to digital visualisation, accounting, nursing, and geology.

Curtin’s first suite of flagships have been selected based on Australia’s commercial strengths and expertise, as well as potential student demand in countries within GMT+8 time zone. The courses will further enhance the University’s reputation as an international university and leader in practical, industry-oriented courses that provide career-ready graduates for a range of employers.

“Under the new educational model, students anywhere in the world will be able to study these courses and benefit from a genuine Curtin University education, with technology dissolving barriers caused by geography and distance,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education Professor Jill Downie said.

“A mix of online, face-to-face, virtual classroom and technology-enriched teaching promotes learning through active engagement and collaboration and means that Curtin students, if they choose, will no longer be campus-bound. They will receive the same quality education experience from Curtin regardless of where they live.

“Each course will be designed using an individual mix of teaching and learning techniques to suit the curriculum and support the best learning outcomes for students.”

While Curtin intends to expand its education globally, Professor Downie said the University’s growth strategy capitalised on Western Australia’s GMT-8 time-zone, which enabled synchronised learning via high standards based video-conferencing in much of Asia, India and Africa, as well as regional and metropolitan Australia.

“This model builds on the global focus already achieved through more than 50 online courses and 17,000 international students studying with Curtin at one of our campuses in Australian, Singapore and Malaysia or through one of our many international partners,” Professor Downie said.

Meeting business needs is crucial to the success of the flagship programs. Professor Downie said each course was being designed hand-in-hand with industry to ensure it met employers' needs.

“Depending on the course, students may still need to spend some time on location either within a campus environment or worksite to get unique learning experiences only available through our collaboration with other universities and employers.”

The flagship courses are:

  • Engineering Foundation Year
  • Health Sciences inter-professional first year
  • Commerce Foundation Year
  • Subsea Engineering
  • Computer Systems Network Engineering
  • Visual Technology
  • Bachelor of Science Psychology and HRM
  • Bachelor of Commerce Marketing

More flagship courses will be announced as part of Curtin’s wide-ranging transformation of teaching and learning. Other initiatives focus on the transformation of Curtin’s 200 most popular courses, which will provide more flexibility and access for students, and enable Curtin to target more global markets for its offerings.