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Curtin University
Note to staff

17 September 2015


Curtin Sydney closure

I am writing to advise you of a decision made by Council late yesterday to close the University’s Sydney campus by early 2017.

During 2015, the University commissioned two independent, expert reviews that examined our international operations and informed Council’s deliberations, which concluded that a presence in Sydney did not fully align with the University’s vision for its future focus and global positioning.

The Curtin Sydney campus, which opened in 2005, has over 800 international students enrolled in Curtin undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Curtin provides the curriculum, quality oversight and branding, while education partner Navitas manages the campus and delivers the programs.

The gradual phasing out of programs will mean that students who are completing their degree by the end of the second trimester in 2016, will complete their studies at the Curtin Sydney campus and will be unaffected.

We have identified recommended options for other students in earlier stages of their course, ensuring there will be no impact on the expected course duration or cost. These options include completing their studies at another Curtin campus, or at the University of Technology Sydney. Undergraduate programs will also be available at La Trobe Sydney.

We have advised all students in writing this morning and will be conducting information sessions over the coming week to ensure all students clearly understand the changes and how they may be affected. We will also be ensuring that strong support continues to be available to all students during the transition period.

Areas around the University that have contact with Curtin Sydney will receive advice today about how these changes will affect them.

If you have any queries, please contact Associate Professor Simon Leunig at



  1. Val Morey September 17, 2015 8:23am

    Whilst I am not questioning this decision per se, I just wonder what the implications will be for our 80 or so OUA students who have been able to attend a Sydney graduation ceremony. These students study in the Bachelor of Education UG programs offered through OUA. I guess this will mean the option of an East Coast graduation ceremony will no longer exist for them, unless there is some other way of providing it that is unconnected to Curtin having a Sydney campus. I would be happy to work towards that end if it is possible – there are other Schools offering national programs through OUA.

    • Nick Fisher September 17, 2015 9:46am

      Val – would UTS or La Trobe be a possibility, if there are other, non-OUA students that will end up transferring there? Perhaps we could strike a deal where they include our OUA students in their ceremonies.

  2. Simon Leunig September 17, 2015 9:42am

    The graduations at Sydney will continue for 2016 and 2017 while the campus is still operating. The OUA students will be able to attend as in the past.

  3. Alma Dender September 17, 2015 11:09am

    What is happening for the academic and professional staff at Curtin Sydney?

    • Simon Leunig September 17, 2015 1:57pm

      Staff at Curtin Sydney were addressed by the Associate Provost Professor Clare Pollock this morning explaining the reasons for the decision.

      The academic and professional staff at Curtin Sydney are Navitas employees with the exception of the PVC who is a curtin employee. Navitas HR staff have been meeting with their employees today. There is no immediate impact on staff as teaching and academic administration will continue as usual throughout 2016.

      Counselling is available for all staff who may be affected by the decision.

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