Curtin is WA’s most preferred university and is globally recognised for its strong connections with industry, high-impact research and wide range of innovative courses.

Curtin University Rankings

Curtin University prides itself on being recognised nationally and internationally for excellence in education and research. Our strong industry connections, high-impact research and wide range of innovative courses have made us a popular study destination on a global scale.

When you join Curtin, you join an international family. Around a quarter of our students come from a country outside Australia, which adds a valuable dimension to your university experience, both in and out of the classroom.


Last updated on 1 July 2022

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Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) Ratings for 2022

Curtin Dubai is awarded 5-Star in its first year by the local education authority, KHDA.

What does it mean:
A 5-star institution offers a world-class standard of education and has demonstrated strengths across all HEC categories including Core Criteria categories, Learning Environment, Programme Strength and Advanced Criteria categories. It has a global reputation and has highly regarded international research and teaching standards. Graduates are sought after by employers. 5-star institutions meet pre-requisites in Teaching, Research, Employability and Overall Student Satisfaction.

Detailed Indicators

  • Teaching ★★★★★
  • Research ★★★★★
  • Internationalisation ★★★★★
  • Facilities ★★★★★
  • Inclusiveness ★★★★★
  • Programme Strength ★★★★★
  • Environmental Impact ★★★★★
  • Employability ★★★★

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5 Star Rating

QS World University Rankings 2023

Curtin University has achieved its highest-ever result in the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR) by rising to 193rd globally, and continues to be positioned in the top one per cent of universities globally.


2023: Curtin University QS Five Stars Plus University Ratings

Curtin was also awarded Five Stars Plus in the 2023 QS Stars Plus University Ratings based on categories of research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalization, innovation, and inclusiveness. A Five Stars Plus institution must achieve five stars across all categories.

5/5 Stars Plus Rating

Curtin University Malaysia Academic Ranking of World Universities Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022. Top 1%
Curtin University has risen to equal 160th in the world in the US News & World Report Best Global University Rankings 2022-2023. 160th
In a global review of young institutions under 50 years, Curtin was placed 17th globally in the QSWUR: Top 50 Under 50 2021. 17th
We climbed 28 places to a rank of 221st in the world and remains 9th in Australia in the 2021-2022 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). 221st
Positioned at 268th (from 272nd in 2020) in the world and 10th in Australia in the 2021 CWTS Leiden Ranking 2021.  268th
  Curtin was ranked 26th in the 2016 THEWUR: 200 Most International Universities in the World ranking. 26th
THEWUR World University Rankings 2022 251-300th
THEWUR Young university Rankings 2022 36th
In the 2019 Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings, Curtin ranks 57th (66th in 2018) out of 320 institutions and is placed 21st in Australia. 57th

Curtin University courses are also highly regarded in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject:

  1. 2022 ranking second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering;
  2. 2022 Geology ranked equal 34th in the world and fourth in Australia
  3. 2022 Petroleum ranked equal 43th in the world and fourth in Australia
  4. 2022 Earth and Marine Sciences ranked 40th in the world.
  5. 2022 Curtin achieved four subject rankings in the top 100 globally, with the four placing in the 51-100 band including Architecture/ Built Environment, Engineering – Civil and Structural, Nursing and Sport-related subjects.
  6. Top 150 in Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Education and Training.
  7. Top 200 in Accounting & Finance, Communication & Media Studies, Business & Management Studies, Psychology, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Material Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Chemistry.

QS World University Rankings by Subject

Various rankings
Curtin University Malaysia Academic Ranking of World Universities

In the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2021:

Curtin features in 51 of the 54 subjects ranked, with seven subjects in the top 100 in the world. Curtin ranks 15th in the world for Mining & Mineral Engineering and is ranked in the top 20 in Australia.

Various rankings
Curtin’s ranking has risen in eight subject areas in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. Various rankings 
Curtin university Malaysia Malaysian Qualifications Agency

Curtin University Malaysia Malaysian Qualifications Agency

Closer to home, our campus has achieved ISO 9001: 2008 certification since 2013, and also successfully retained the ‘Tier 5’ or ‘Excellent’ rating under the latest SETARA Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions. Curtin Sarawak achieved similar ratings in the two previous SETARA rating exercises carried out by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency in 2009 and 2011.

Tier 5


To learn more about Curtin University’s global reputation, industry engagement and teaching and learning partnerships, please email [email protected].


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