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Curtin College has 12,000 reasons to celebrate with new milestones

Media release

More than 12,000 students from 120 different countries have now graduated from Curtin College, as the University marks the 21st anniversary of its partnership agreement with Navitas.

The latest cohort of graduates from the in-campus pathway college to Curtin University recently gathered to celebrate the special milestones.

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Professor Seth Kunin said Curtin College had been providing pathways to university education with strong learning and teaching outcomes since 2000.

“As we celebrate the 21st anniversary of this important partnership with Navitas, I am delighted to acknowledge the 12,000 students from 120 different corners of the globe who have graduated from Curtin College,” Professor Kunin said.

“About a quarter of Curtin University’s international onshore undergraduate students have started their studies through Curtin College, so it has become an important introduction to the Australian university experience for many of our multicultural students.”

Navitas Executive General Manager Malcolm Baigent said the partnership had delivered multi-dimensional benefits that extended beyond the entirety of the student lifecycle.

“While the collaboration between Curtin and Navitas has extended beyond pathway student recruitment into professional placement, joint advocacy, the sharing of business intelligence and the delivery of trans-national education through the Curtin Singapore campus, the basic mission to change lives through education remains the same,” Mr Baigent said.

College Director and Principal Associate Professor Sven Schottmann said the partnership had made a real difference to the lives of more than 12,000 students.

“Many of our students are first-in-family, come from non-English speaking backgrounds, or benefit from our transition experience to life at university,” Associate Professor Schottmann said.

“The main ingredient in our success is the commitment to supporting individual learning needs and helping them prepare for success at university.”

A student from the south of China’s Shandong Province completed her Diploma of Commerce at the end of Trimester 1/2021 as the College’s 12,000th student. She had returned to China at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic but was surprised with a cake delivery to her doorstep on the morning of the Perth celebration.

Professor Kunin said Curtin College was preparing to move into dedicated facilities as part of Curtin’s new innovation precinct, Exchange, in early 2022.

Curtin College graduates report they are highly satisfied with the quality of their programs and their overall student experience, with more than 95 per cent of students rating these as either excellent or good.

Students who may not have the full prerequisites to undertake a university degree can attain the required levels by studying a Diploma with Curtin College, before qualifying for immediate entry into one of 52 Curtin University degree programs with up to a year of advanced standing. The College is also launching a Masters Qualifying Program and Graduate Certificates as pathways to postgraduate study.

More information about Curtin College can be found here, by contacting (08) 9266 4888, or visiting its current home in Building 205.