Curtin University REVIEW [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

Curtin University REVIEW [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

October 10, 2019 14 By Stanley Isaacs


– G’day, I’m Rob Malicki. Welcome to A Life that Travels,
and in today’s episode, we’re at Curtin University in Perth, and I gotta say, this place is amazing. Check it out. Bean bags on the lawns,
and where we’re coming down right to right now, a hammock hotel. What kind of university is this? Let’s go and check it out. (Synthesised music) (upbeat percussion music) Curtin U was founded in
1966, and it’s actually the largest of the
universities over here in W.A. And the thing I’m loving about it is like all these awesome little
spaces that you find here, and tonnes of beautifully
designed buildings, and lots of interesting and
unique spaces in order to, that you can hang out in. The university offers a
wide range of disciplines from business to law through
to many of the health sciences toward here, and of course,
science and engineering is massive at Curtin, that’s one
of the top ranked institutions in Australia for some of
its engineering disciplines. Not to mention its arts
and humanities programmes, which are taught here as well. So, tonnes of choices for students. Something like 48,000
undergrads at time of filming. Plus about 10,000 post-grads, so its a very large, diverse campus, and the campus here at Bentley, the main campus, is spectacular. Curtin has got a very active
international exchange programme as well, it does have campuses
elsewhere in the world where you can go and study on like, an across-campus exchange,
amongst other things. Plenty of clubs and societies. So, let’s go and talk to some students, and see what they have to
say about studying here. What do you like about studying at Curtin? – Ah, it doesn’t really
feel too much like a school, kind of, and like, a
fun campus to be around. – Look at that.
– Yes. – Look at that, awesome, yeah, awesome. – Personally, I guess
it’s just the fact you can choose whichever units you want. Like, even though, I’m doing
credit writing and screen arts. It’s a lot of units you can choose. You don’t have to follow
a very set schedule. – Nice. – And if you really want, you can go, like, more experimental
style, or if you wanna stick to the more production based. It’s actually quite a bit you can do just under one degree. – Awesome, cool. What about you, Sara? – Firstly, the huge variety. So, they let you pretty much
study anything you want. I’m actually doing accounting, – That’s super cool.
– And screen arts. So, yeah, then they, you can
do that as a double major. They really don’t care what
combination you wanna do. – [Rob] What’s the atmosphere
like here at Curtin? – Pretty relaxed, like, you can go, yeah, everyone’s pretty relaxed and chill. You just go around; if you want a lunch, you can get lunch
wherever you want, really. There’s no-one, I can’t think of, it’s kind of like a
little village, I guess. It’s quite relaxing. – And it’s super diverse. There’s people from
every wok of life here. – There’s lots of student support. There’s, it’s, because of the diversity, everybody’s very accepting,
and that’s what I find best about it, that’s what’s standing out. – Yeah. I’ve been coming to Curtin
University for many years now. And this place has just changed so much. You can see there in the
background, food trucks galore. All of these, I mean, bean
bags out on the lawns, kind of like beautiful end of
winter’s day here in Perth, and it’s really clear that the university has invested a lot in trying to ramp up the student culture here,
because it certainly was nothing like this in the past. Awesome little campus. Lots of parkland, totally accessible from many places in Perth,
so it’s got lots of upsides. The transport’s pretty good to get here? – Yes, not too bad. There’s quite a lot of buses around. – Awesome. Well, as far as I know, this
is the only Snookball field at any university in Australia. Certainly the only one that I’ve seen. If I’m wrong, correct me in the comments. Let me know if your uni has got Snookball. This place just gets better and better. Well, absolutely loving
this library space. It’s like this awesome blend of sort of social, chilled, you know,
collaborative learning space, and some pretty epic quiet
study space upstairs, like really, computing
facilities, printing, everything. This is actually a top notch facility. Respect, they’ve done a great job here. Curtin actually ranks incredibly well. So, in Australian terms,
it’s generally ranked just outside the top
10, so I think about 14, depending on the ranking,
and depending on the year. Worldwide, it’s ranked 250th,
so that actually puts it in the top 1% of universities
in the entire world, which is actually phenomenal
if you think about it. And if you look at the age of Curtin, Curtin’s not that old,
1966 is not that long ago in global terms, Curtin ranks even better. It’s actually ranked 20th in the world, and fourth in Australia
for the top universities under an average of 50. So it’s a place that even if
rankings are important to you, it’s right up there in terms of its competitiveness
with other institutions. – It’s a chill vibe. – Is there a lot going on, like are there a lot of activities,
extracurricular stuff. – A lot, a lot of them going on. – Curtin actually has
16 subjects which are in the top 200 ranked
subject areas in the world, which is pretty impressive,
if you think about it. And it has the number two mining school, effectively, in the entire world. So, research is a really important
part of this institution. It’s makeup has been an increasing focus of lots of Australian
universities over the last decade, no different here at Curtin. But the thing that I
really like about Curtin is that even though its been
putting its massive focus on improving its rankings,
improving its research output, it clearly hasn’t lost the student focus. I’m here just outside the Tav,
which is like the uni bar, and it’s got a great vibe. I love it. If you look at the outcomes of Curtin on the quality indicators
of learning and teaching, which is the Australian
government’s official site where they analyse the
performance of universities, and the satisfaction of the students, that’s you, the people who study here, Curtin actually comes out pretty well. Certainly around about the
average or a little bit better in most of the areas, but
definitely check out that site if that sort of data is important to you. The caveat is always, you know, like, be really specific when
you’re looking at a university and what you wanna study there. Because even a university that maybe hasn’t got the most incredible rankings, in the area that you want to study might have some incredible
teachers, professors, who are just amazing and
world class at what they do. So always dig a little bit
deeper if you do have that area or passion that you’re
particularly keen on. And you know what, if you
don’t have a particular area or passion, that’s not a big deal. One of the awesome things about uni is the ability to be able to go out and to try different things, meet people, go and study overseas,
and discover a little bit of what the world has to offer. That’s the beauty of
these kinds of places. Well, I’ve had a pretty epic little day here at Curtin University. It’s surprised and delighted
me in so many different ways. But, before I go, I’m just gonna try this. Oh, (chuckling) oh, yeah,
that’s what I’m talking about. Goodness gracious. Well, you know, Curtin on
QS’s stars rating system ranks five stars. (dinging) And I reckon between the
beautiful open spaces, the cool little food cart eateries, the murals on the walls,
and the awesome stories from the different students
that studying here, I reckon on Rob’s A Life that
Travels university rating, I’d give it five stars (dinging) as well. Really, an awesome
place to come and study. Anyway, that’s it from me. I’ll see you next time
on A Life That Travels. And I hope whatever you’re
getting up to today, it’s as good as this. See you next time. (calm music) Ah. (chuckling) (calm music)