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Note to staff

10 May 2013


Curtin improves in world’s elite subject rankings

I am pleased to advise that Curtin has improved its ranking in education, environmental sciences, psychology and agriculture and forestry in the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject of the world’s top 200 institutions.

The findings revealed that this year Curtin ranked in 11 of the 30 published subjects with an outstanding result for education which rose to number 41 in the world.

These rankings are drawn up on the basis of academic opinion, recruiter opinion and citations.

Academic disciplines are sorted into five categories: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences and social sciences and management, each of which shows the top universities in that particular field. For further information on the rankings, please visit:

Thank you to everyone for your continued effort to strive for excellence.

Western Australian Fellowships

I am pleased to announce that two acclaimed scientists will take up Western Australian Fellowships at Curtin later this year.

Professor Carole Jackson, an astronomer from New South Wales, will research low frequency radio astronomy and Professor Darlene Ketten, a marine biologist from the United States, will look at marine mammal biology and acoustics.

Professor Jackson will work with Professors Steven Tingay and Peter Hall at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, leading a team to exploit the data taken by the Murchison Widefield Array survey teams and investigating the physical properties of radio sources.

Professor Darlene Ketten, a marine biologist and neuro-anatomist from the United States specialises in functional analyses and biomedical imaging of sensory systems.

Her research will look at how sounds in marine environments impact marine life including shark deterrent technologies. Professor Ketten will be working at the Curtin Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) with Dr Christine Erbe, Director, CMST.

Western Australian Fellows are chosen for their vast experience and the knowledge that they bring to the State.

This is wonderful news for Curtin and I look forward to welcoming Professors Jackson and Ketten to the University.

Imam Yahya Ibrahim awarded Individual Excellence Award

I would like to congratulate Curtin’s Visiting Chaplain, Imam Yahya Ibrahim on receiving an Individual Excellence Award in the WA Multicultural Community Service Awards 2013.

Imam Ibrahim is well-respected and known for his dedication to promoting multiculturalism, social cohesion and cross-cultural dialogue to the wider Western Australian community.

He has presented his diversity training, cultural sensitivity programs, education lectures and media presentations to schools, and universities and travels throughout Australasia, Africa, South East Asia, Europe and Canada to deliver lectures on Islam and Muslim religion.

Imam Ibrahim is committed to spreading a message to Muslims that empowers them spiritually and helps them integrate into the broader community.

The Visiting Chaplaincy Team includes recognised leaders from a wide range of world faiths and provides specialised support for members of their particular faith community.

I acknowledge the contribution Imam Ibrahim has made in providing collaborative spiritual and religious support to students, staff and the Curtin community in general and congratulate him on this public recognition.

Imam Yahya Ibrahim with the Minister for Energy; Finance; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Dr Mike Nahan, MLA

Imam Yahya Ibrahim with the Minister for Energy; Finance; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Dr Mike Nahan, MLA



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