Our rankings

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



Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019.

Curtin has risen to 250th in the world and 13thnationally in the 2018-19 QS World University Rankings.

We climbed 30 places to a rank of 272nd in the world and remain 9th in Australia in the 2017-2018 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP), and are positioned at 316th in the world and 9th in Australia in the 2018 CWTS Leiden Ranking.

Curtin ranks in the 351-400 band in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THEWUR) and was ranked 26th in the 2016 THEWUR: 200 Most International Universities in the World ranking. In the 2017 Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings, Curtin ranks 69th out of 243 institutions and is placed 25th in Australia.

As these rankings are driven largely by research performance, the results can be attributed to our innovative research that aims to solve real world problems.


In a global review of young institutions under 50 years, Curtin was placed 20th globally and 4thnationally in the QSWUR: Top 50 Under 50The University is also placed 68th in the world and 12th nationally in the THE Top 200 universities under 50.

In the QSWUR by Subject, Curtin has 16 subjects ranked in the top 200 worldwide.

Curtin was also awarded five stars overall in the 2017 QS Stars University Ratings.


In the QSWUR by Subject, Curtin has two subjects featured in the world’s top 50.

Curtin was also awarded five stars overall in the 2015 QS Stars University Ratings based on categories of research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalization, innovation, specialist criteria, and inclusiveness.



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.

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