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Curtin welcomes additional choice for students

Media release

Curtin University of Technology has welcomed the University of Western Australia’s announcement of a proposed new curriculum model, saying initiatives which increase the number of choices available were good for all students.

Curtin’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Robyn Quin, said it was important universities offered distinctive modes and methods of study which best met the needs and future aspirations of students.

“Curtin is committed to a triple-i curriculum model: industry-intercultural-interdisciplinary,” she said.

“We regularly survey current and potential students and know that our student body has a strong career orientation.  Therefore we have a strong focus on meeting student and employer needs, to ensure our graduates are highly employable both locally and internationally.”

She said an issue on which UWA and Curtin were in accord was the need to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary studies.

“The problems of this world are multi-faceted, complex and will not be resolved within traditional disciplinary boundaries,” Professor Quin said.

“The critical thinking graduate must be able to cross disciplines.”

Professor Quin said ensuring a range of pathways and options were available meant greater choice for students which would yield benefits to the State in the longer term.

Information on Curtin’s triple-i model can be found at: http://campusnews.curtin.edu.au/media_centre/archives.cfm?release=5063

Modified: 18 September 2008