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Curtin University
Note to staff

13 November, 2008


Launch of Curtin Singapore

I am pleased to announce that Curtin Singapore will be officially opened today. The launch will be held at the new Centre and will be attended by many guests including the Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, Mr Doug Chester, and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr S. Iswaran. Our Vice-Chancellor is in Singapore to participate in both the opening and an Alumni function at the new premises this evening.

The launch will be filmed and will be loaded on to the Curtin website next week.

Curtin Singapore, which will be managed by Navitas Limited, will officially open its doors to students on 1 December 2008. It will initially offer Curtin Business School courses, but this will be expanded over time to include courses in nursing, health sciences and humanities. The campus has the capacity to accommodate 4,500 students.

The opening of Curtin Singapore demonstrates Curtin’s long-standing commitment to international education, particularly in Asia. Apart from working with our partners in Singapore over many years, we have a very successful campus in Miri, Sarawak which has nearly 2,000 students enrolled in a broad range of courses and will celebrate its 10th year of operation in 2009.

I would like to recognise all those involved in developing this outstanding Centre and I look forward to see it contributing to Curtin’s commitment to education in the region.

VC’s address to staff

The Vice-Chancellor will be addressing all staff on Wednesday 3 December from 1.00-2.00pm in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre.

Professor Hacket will take the opportunity to reflect on developments and achievements throughout the year, and to discuss moving into 2009 and beyond. 

All staff are encouraged to attend. The address will be web cast for those of you who are unable to attend.

Enhanced Curtin Staff facility

Many staff will be aware that the University has been investigating options for a Curtin club style facility to replace the old Curtin on the Park. Consultants were engaged by the University to develop a concept paper for a facility resembling the UWA Club. The scoping brief included the development of a club with dining and function rooms and associated amenities. The paper was completed in July this year and indicated that the projected cost for such a facility was $35 million. However, with other costs taken into account, it is expected that the final cost would be in the vicinity of $40 million.

After careful consideration we have decided not to proceed with the construction of a ‘Curtin Club’. With the need to be financially prudent, it would not be in the best interests of the University to allocate expenditure in this way at this time. Rather, we will continue to invest as many resources as we are able into our core activities of teaching and learning and research and development.

We are mindful however that there is a need for an attractive and functional staff facility and therefore we will be upgrading the facilities of the former Curtin on the Park. The refurbishment will include dining facilities and meeting rooms for staff. The $1.5 million for the upgrade has been built into the 2009 budget and the work is expected be completed by late next year.

Curtin website wins a 2008 WA Web Award

The improvement to Curtin’s corporate website over the past 12 months has been recognised at the WA Web Awards.

Last week Curtin’s Digital Media Unit (DMU) won the education category of the 2008 Awards, which are organised by the Australian Web Industry Association. The award recognised the concerted team effort involved in upgrading the University’s corporate website. Congratulations to the DMU on this recognition.

In addition, Curtin’s website was named in a recent survey by Global Reviews as being in the top five university websites in Australasia.

I would like to thank the DMU and Curtin’s web community for their contribution to the improvement of Curtin’s website.

Successful John Curtin Weekend 2008

Congratulations to the more than 500 members of Curtin Volunteers! (CV!) who participated in the John Curtin Weekend 2008. The volunteers recently visited over 30 regional WA towns and three metropolitan sites, to take part in a multitude of community service projects.

John Curtin Weekend is WA’s largest annual community project. The activities honour Australia’s wartime Prime Minister John Curtin by celebrating his qualities of vision, leadership and community service.

This annual event has grown over the years and the activities are now held over a period of four weekends.

Students, staff, alumni and community members joined together to complete various rewarding and exciting projects within WA. As part of John Curtin Weekend, an extra 190 volunteers participated in community work at Sarawak and Singapore.

You can view the efforts of our wonderful volunteers at the following websites:

For photos, see the Flickr group at

For the slideshow, visit the YouTube video at